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  Anethum graveolens



Dill in early sources


Description      Propagation      Cultivation        Harvest

Scientific name

Anethum graveolens

Anethum, dill; graveolens, strong smelling

In English, there is a verb, dill, which means to assuage, calm, sooth, lull to sleep. This verb may be derived from the medicinal uses of dill that appear in the earliest herbals, as seen in the sampling below.

Common names, modern  Dill, dill weed
Lifespan  Annual, but self-seeds with gay abandon
Size  24"-30" tall and about 15" wide

Delicate plant with hollow stems; bright green, feathery foliage and tiny yellow flowers in umbels


 White to yellow flower umbels are beloved of black swallowtail butterflies. Seed is large, and an excellent seasoning (as is the foliage, known as dill weed).


 Vivid green, finely cut, and strong-scented; best used fresh, as scent fades quickly.

Comments Ornamental as well as useful, dill should be in every garden. 
By seed Sow seed directly when soil temps are around 65 degrees. Cover with 1/4" of soil. Space 15" apart in row. Seed is viable for 3-10 years.
Germination temp  60-70 degrees
Germination time  10-14 days
Moisture Moderate
Light Full sun 
Soil Rich, well-drained
Moisture Moderate until seedlings are established
Light Full sun
Natural habitat Unknown, as has been grown for millenia
Vigor Plant where sheltered from high winds, or stake
Diseases I read that dill suffers at times from mildew, but have never run into that in my hot and humid garden.
Pests  Dill is a good companion plant for cucumbers, but shouldn't be planted near carrots or tomatoes.
Season to bloom/bear Flowers in mid- to late-summer
Seed collection Early fall

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