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Giant fennel This is a just a selection - the Chatto nursery, near Elmstead Market, in Colchester, Essex, has more than 2,000 species.
Plants: Artichokes and cardoons, giant fennel, miscanthus and other big grasses, arundo donax, fatshedera.
In early Greek art the Bacchae were usually depicted as holding branches of vine or ivy, but after 530 BC the staff to which the name thyrsus properly applied began to be shown as a stalk of giant fennel (narthex) segmented like bamboo, sometimes with ivy leaves inserted in the hollow end.