Plants for Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens: Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape February 11, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Plant Family

         

 

Young Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar feeding on a dill flower
Photo credit: CameliaTWU Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

 

Feathery dill leaves
Photo credit: kimll Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Carrot or Parsley Family (Apiaceae formerly Umbelliferae)
 

Common Names

Dill weed

Description

Dill is an annual herb native to the Mediterranean region. Dill has a distinct smell and flavor. The seeds and leaves are used for flavoring a variety of dishes and the seed heads are often used as flavoring for pickles.

These tall narrow plants can reach 5 feet in height. Staking or planting among other taller plants reduces lodging (blown over by wind). Dill plants have feathery leaves and broad umbel shaped flowers that bloom when temperatures get hot. They require full sun and well-drained soils. Allow soils to dry between watering.

 

Attracts

Food plant for black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars
Beneficial insects - Green lacewing, Syrphid flies

 


Additional Resources:

West

California - Growing Dill

Midwest

Minnesota - Dill

Southeast

Florida - Dill
North Carolina Plant Fact Sheets


 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.