This early-flowering species brings architectural interest to the Systematic Beds.
A member of the carrot family (Apiaceae), the genus Ferula numbers approximately 170 species of tap-rooted, hairless perennials occurring in rough ground throughout the Mediterranean into Central Asia. Ferula communis is the most widely grown, producing mounds of frothy foliage comprised of pinnate leaves in early spring. From these mounds erect, stout, hollow, branched stems erupt to reach up to 5m in height. Hemispherical umbels of many small, 5-petalled flowers are produced at the terminal of each branch. While having a high impact in spring the foliage will die down in summer leaving the erect flower stems. This species enjoys well-drained conditions in a sunny location.