PlantsDills→Dill (Anethum graveolens 'Fernleaf')

Also sold as:
Fern Leaf

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 AAS Edible – Vegetable Winner

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 24, 2013 6:44 PM

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.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 22, 2014 4:58 PM

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.

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