Dill

Anethum graveolens

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Dill (Anethum graveolens)
ah-NEE-thum grav-ee-OH-lenz
Genus:  Anethum

As an herb, A. graveolens is commonly grown for the culinary attributes of its leaves and seeds. Its distinctive foliage texture and flower color and form make this plant a nice companion in a mixed border. It provides a valuable food source for butterfly larvae and attracts beneficial insects also.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Airy, yellow umbels over ferny, blue-green, aromatic foliage.

Care: 

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun and shelter from strong winds. It self sows prolifically if given the chance.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in situ in succession to produce a longer show of foliage and flowers.

Problems: 

Cercosporidium leaf spot, some fungal leaf and root diseases.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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