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Some sources claim (and some studies indicate otherwise) that fennel will cross pollinate with other members of the Umbellifrae family (like carrots, dill, caraway, etc.), with less than satisfactory results. It also has a very large taproot and grows to be tall, and requires some space. It has been known to inhibit the growth of some other plants, so it's suggested that you plant it away from the rest of your garden. Here's a good link to a chart of plants that grow well (or not) together. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants