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Four pink roses with green vines.

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Above the lowly plant it towers,

The fennel with its yellow flowers.

And in an earlier age than ours

Was gifted with wondrous powers

Lost vison to restore.

It gave new strength and fearless mood

And gladiators, fierce and rude,

Mingled it in their daily food.

And he who battled and subdued,

A wreath of fennel wore.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Goblet of Life”

Bunches of fennel with the bulbs and fronds standing straight up.
Once worn by gladiators as a wreath.
Several fennel bulbs on a wooden table.
Fennel, eaten by gladiators long ago and sold at local farmers markets today.