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Anethum graveolens

Seeds and leaves are invaluable for cooking

The feathery, fern-like leaves of dill are an attractive addition to any herb or vegetable garden and they taste great too. Pick through the summer as needed and harvest the seeds in the autumn.


Choose a sunny spot.


Best in rich, well drained soil. Keep well watered especially during dry weather. Plants will die back after flowering and setting seed.

The leaves are particularly good finely chopped in sauces, and the distinctive flavour works well with fish or vegetable dishes.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Annual, Herb
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From April to September