Anethum graveolens

Dille (Afr.)

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Dill is a tall aromatic herb with fine blue-green leaves and produces airy umbrellas of yellow flowers in summer. Commonly grown for the culinary attributes of its leaves and seeds and used to flavour various foods and dishes. It's also grown as ornamental, as its distinctive foliage texture, flower colour and form make this plant a nice companion in a mixed border. Dill is not only used in the culinary and ornamental applications but also has various traditional medicinal uses. This beautiful and useful herb is a must-have for most temperate gardens and is an easy herb for beginning gardeners to grow.
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Flowering time


Fruiting time



The leaves ready to pick within 8-10 weeks of sowing. Cut back leaves often to prevent the plant from flowering and going to seed. The optimum time for harvesting is in the early morning. Dill weed is best harvested before the plant is fully mature and before the flower​ buds have opened. Dill seed is harvested at the end of the plant’s life cycle.



Sow seed in Spring and Summer. Sow 6-8 mm deep; Germination time about 7-14 days.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects lacewings and hoverflies

Repels harmful insects

Some compounds of dill (d-carvone is mentioned as one of them), when added to insecticides, have greatly increased the effectiveness of the insecticides.

Pot plant

Suitable for planting in large containers (deep roots of dill need deep containers), given loose rich soil and enough sunlight.

Indoor plant

Can be grown inside, given enough sunlight.

Drought resistant

Relatively drought tolerant due to taproot system.

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Special features


Southwestern Asia and Eurasia

Natural climate




Full Sun

Soil moisture


Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand, Compost

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness




Used in many traditional medicines, including those against jaundice, headache, boils, lack of appetite, stomach problems, nausea and liver problems.


Fresh & dried dill leaves (sometimes called "dill weed" to distinguish it from dill seed) are widely used as herbs in Europe & central Asia. The plant are used to flavor many foods & dishes.




Flower colour

Yellow, White



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