Ridolfia segetum

Long flowering and hugely prolific, with acid-green golden plateau flowers – like dill, but even better for flower arranging. More
500 seeds 020104 £1.95
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Long flowering and hugely prolific, with acid-green golden plateau flowers – like dill, but even better for flower arranging. A top favourite plant.

Genus Ridolfia
Group/Species segetum
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Corn Parsley, False Fennel
Border Position Cutting Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow indoors March-May and/or August-September. Or sow direct in a sunny position from mid spring. Grow in well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. As well as the cutting garden they also work well among a range of plants in a mixed herbaceous border.
Care Tips Like dill this plant may need support in more exposed areas
Flowering June - October, 12 weeks from spring sowing
Vase Life 5-7 days. Makes a great cut flower.
Harvesting Flower production: 2-3 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Ridolfia segetum reviews

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Reviewed 11th March 2020 by Kristina

please refer to my customer experience

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Nicola

Didnt get many put them in pots mixed with othres.

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Reviewed 18th November 2018 by Joan

Wow they were spectacular - healthy and huge

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Theo

These grew well at first but soon died off.

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Reviewed 12th October 2018 by Marie-Anne

excellent service. plants have been good

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Reviewed 12th October 2018 by Dorothy

Three out of the five died,planted as instructed on arrival,
Other two are fine.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear the majority of your Ridolfia died and we have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Gill

Great colour and shape...

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Beryl

they were ok, but wont get them next year

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Sandra

Outgrew their strength with not much bloom

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Elizabeth

The cuttings did well but again the hot weather caused them to finish early.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Jane

As above. Great service.😃

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Reviewed 8th September 2018 by Sandra

very pleased with all receivd
have pland to order more in April 19
Good but dont wanto loose wat I rote
how to get out with not loosing

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Mrs Turner

Nice but floppy

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Reviewed 23rd June 2017 by Lenore Messick

I've grown ridolphia this this year for the first time because my dill always succumbs to aphids, and plus it smells like dill, which is not what I'm looking for in a bouquet of roses. Ridolphia has just the faintest whiff of a fennelly scent, which is nice but not too obtrusive, and has so far been ignored by the aphids. Very pretty in the garden, but I do find it very floppy in a vase, even after I sear the stems. Anyone have any tips on conditioning?

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback.

For horticultural advice please contact our Customer Service Team on 0345 092 0283 or info@sarahraven.com and they will be happy to advise if you wish.

Kind regards,
The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 17th July 2017

Glorious headturning flowers

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Reviewed 21st February 2017 by Flo

These were easy to grow- grow in cells, not trays because seedlings are very tender to pot up.

Looked spectacular in my cottage garden where they attracted plenty of curious questions from visitors thinking they were looking at fennel, as other commenters have said.

Not sure why one would mark down a review for some people mistaking Ridolfia for fennel because the seeds and resulting plants were of excellent quality and very good value for money.

I'm not that delighted.

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Reviewed 28th June 2015 by Clark Lawrence

It's true - the colour is good, and the flower heads are light and lovely, but I've seen several people touch this flower in my garden hoping to get a whiff of something interesting and Ha-ha! Nothing at all. Generous self-sowers, but any dill lover is bound to ask why anyone would want such a flower in the garden.

Zingy colour

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Reviewed 18th June 2015 by Judith Queree

Tall and elegant, a see through plant with a really wonderful acid yellow colour. An unusual annual that gently seeds it self and fool everyone as they go to rub the leaf thinking it is fennel or dill. easy to get out if it is in the wrong place which is always an important consideration.