General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Plant Height: 12-24 inches
Plant Spread: 12-15 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Other info: doesn't like transplanting
Pollinators: Bees
Awards and Recognitions: AAS (All-America Selection®): 1992 National

Common names
  • Dill
Also sold as:
  • Fern Leaf

Photo Gallery
Location: Gardenfish garden 
Date: 2020-07-02
Stink bug in background
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: May 11 2020
A tasty meal!
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Date: March 11, 2021
Protected by plastic during 'Texas Snowmeggedon' volunteers every
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2020-05-01
Location: Gardenfish garden 
Date: June 2020
Location: Backyard/courtyard
Date: 5/28/2015
 Caterpillers doubling in size each day & have changed colors!
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: June 14 2021
This BST cat liked the dill so much it decided to go through the
Location: backyard/courtyard
Date: 6/10/2015
My caterpillars have emerged today!!! Black swallowtails!!
Location: Summerwinds Nursery Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2016-02-10
Location: backyard/courtyard
Date: 6/11/2015
bloom of my fern leaf dill
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Date: 2014-07-04
Location: Minnesota
Date: 2016-07-08
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2004-07-20
Location: Louisa, VA
Date: 6-20-17
Hoping butterflies will use it as a host plant
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-06-11
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-06-11

Date: 2014-05-16
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-06-13
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-07-31
Location: Pembroke, GA
Date: 2016-08-21
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with Permission.
Location: Michigan
Date: 2018-06-10
Location: Minnesota
Date: 7/27/2016
Location: backyard/courtyard
Date: May 24,2015
Caterpillar on fern leaf dill plant
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 24, 2013 6:44 PM concerning plant:
    I like all varieties of Dill and they are all easily started from seed. Fernleaf is just a more compact variety. All the dill varieties taste the same to me.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 22, 2014 4:58 PM concerning plant:
    Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a larval host plant for the Black Swallowtail butterfly. In addition, dill attracts a variety of beneficial insects to the garden, including lacewings, ladybugs, parasitic mini-wasps, and hoverflies. These beneficial insects feed on numerous common garden pests. Finally, dill reportedly helps to repel cabbage loopers, imported cabbage worms, and tomato hookworm.
Plant Events from our members
thepurplebug On June 11, 2019 Seeds germinated
thepurplebug On June 3, 2019 Seeds sown
Seeds planted in a container in front of the house.
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BST caterpillar? by kylaluaz May 24, 2015 5:08 PM 2

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