Anethum graveolens | Also known as: East Indian dill, Dill-oil plant, Anet, Sabbath day posy | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Egyptian Pharaohs enjoyed this little herb

Anethum graveolens is a common herb often used in cooking. It's native to the Mediterranean and Southern Russia. It grows to around two feet in height with delicate fronds of foliage. The small yellow flowers grow in several umbrella shaped clusters. Traces of dill have been found in Roman ruins and in the tomb of Amenhotep II in Egypt. The name Dill comes from an Old English word dile that means to soothe. It is thought this is related to its ability to relieve wind. The leaves are often used to flavour fish dishes. It likes warm weather and partial shade.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
Foliage in summer
  • Blue-green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z1-11
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Herbs
Grown for
  • Culinary use
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • For Beginners
  • Outdoor food
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Kitchen garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years