Icon - Arrow LeftAn icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. Icon - Arrow RightAn icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. Icon - External LinkAn icon we use to indicate a button link is external. Icon - MessageThe icon we use to represent an email action. Icon - Down ChevronUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - CloseUsed to indicate a close action. Icon - Dropdown ArrowUsed to indicate a dropdown. Icon - Location PinUsed to showcase a location on a map. Icon - Zoom OutUsed to indicate a zoom out action on a map. Icon - Zoom InUsed to indicate a zoom in action on a map. Icon - SearchUsed to indicate a search action. Icon - EmailUsed to indicate an emai action. Icon - FacebookFacebooks brand mark for use in social sharing icons. flipboard Icon - InstagramInstagrams brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - PinterestPinterests brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - TwitterTwitters brand mark for use in social sharing icons. Icon - Check MarkA check mark for checkbox buttons.
Search

Dill Anethum graveolens

Growing Dill: Tips at a Glance

Dill is a short-lived annual herb, known for its aromatic value in cooking and for being a little tricky to grow; keep it happy in a hot, sunny spot with moist soil and deadhead it regularly to forestall bolting.

  • Type Culinary herb
  • Lifespan Annual
  • USDA Zones 3-11
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • Light Full sun
  • How to Plant Sow seeds
  • Growing Tip Snip frequently
  • Companions Kale, cucumbers
  • Peak Season Summer

Dill: A Field Guide

Dill is an aromatic culinary herb with feathery leaves that can’t help but add ornamental value as well to an edible garden. Don’t try to grow dill indoors; it needs full sun, well-drained soil, and hot weather. 

In addition to being a delicious and versatile spice for potatoes, fish, beets, and cucumbers (the list of dills’ companion foods could go on forever), Anethum graveolens is a useful pest repellent in a vegetable garden (aphids and spider mites can’t stand to be near it). Tip: For more herbs that ward off insects, see Mosquito Repellent: 5 Flowers and Herbs to Keep Pests Away.

Easy to start from seed, dill will attract butterflies (it’s a good food source for caterpillars) and if it bolts, add its ferny fronds to a bouquet of wildflowers.

Planting, Care & Design of Dill

More About Dill

v5.0