DILL

FAMILY: Apiaceae | GENUS: ANETHUM graveolens

TYPE
  • Annuals
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

Aromatic herb to 34 feet tall. Soft, feathery leaves; umbrellalike, 6 inches-wide clusters of small yellow flowers. The seeds and leaves have a pungent fragrance. Sow seed where the plants are to be grown; for a constant supply, sow several times during spring and summer (germinates and grows better in spring than in summer). Thin seedlings to about 1 feet apart. An easy way to grow it in a casual garden is to let a few plants go to seed. Seedlings appear here and there at odd times and can be pulled and chopped for use as seasoning. Use seeds in pickling and vinegar; use fresh or dried leaves in cooked dishes, salads, sauces, as garnish. Caterpillars of black swallowtail butterflies often feed on the foliage.

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