We have lots of fennel in our flower bed. We put it there because it is supposed to be loved by butterflies. It must be. Right now we have 29 caterpillars of various shapes and sizes on them.
Finnel, Spice of Angels is from the web site from which I took the following quote:
Fennel is an umbelliferous, perennial, aromatic plant indigenous to the Mediterranean and southwest Asia that grows to a height of 4-5 feet. It was savored by the ancient Greeks and was spread throughout Europe by the Romans. It has been utilized throughout history to treat an assortment of physical maladies. It was also relied upon in medieval times to keep witches at bay. Perhaps this is how fennel pollen, an expensive spice still popular in Italy, came to be known as the "Spice of Angels."
Well, at any rate, I am glad our resident butterflies found our plants. And, we’ll be free of witches to boot.