Dill - Anethum graveolens


A tall annual plant frequently grown in herb, vegetable, and flower gardens, not only for the harvest of its aromatic leaves and seeds, but for the ornamental display of its attractive feathery foliage and flowers. The scented, yellow flowers bloom mid-summer in large, flattened umbels. Dill is similar in use and appearance to fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). Commonly used in culinary applications--pickles, salads, dips, sauces, etc. Dill attracts beneficial insects (e.g., bees, wasps, butterflies, lacewings, tachinid flies, hover flies, and lady beetles); it is a larval plant for the black swallowtail butterfly. Best grown in rich, light, well-drained soils in full sun. Consistent soil moisture is ideal. The taller plants tend to flop and need support/protection from strong winds--the earlier the better for establishing supports; too much shade can lead to plant floppiness. 3-5'H x 2-3'W. USDA Zones 2-11.