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ANETHUM graveolens 'Vierling'
The tall, sturdy dill cultivar, 'Vierling', has fine, blue-green foliage and blooms early, so its a great selection for dill seed. Both its foliage and seeds are touted to be extra fragrant and delicious.
The fragrant and distinctive smell of dill brings to mind everything from dill pickles to summer salads and gravad lox. Dill is an annual Eurasian field plant that is quite short-lived but very easy to grow. It's a versatile culinary herb; the seeds are used in pickling and lacy leaves can be chopped and used to season salads, vegetables or fish. In the wild, it favors open, disturbed sites and has become naturalized in several countries, including much of North America.
Dill germinates in spring as soon as the soil begins to warm. Soon, upright clusters of finely dissected, bright sea green leaves are produced. These are very fragrant when brushed. The leaves are at their fullest and best for harvest just before plants begin to flower in early to midsummer. The blooms are large, umbrella-like umbels with chartreuse yellow flowers. These are pollinated by insects and heads of flattened, fragrant seeds follow. Shortly after flowering, the plants begin to turn brown and die.
Dill is a full sun plant that thrives in average to fertile soil with good drainage. It grows best with regular water but will tolerate periods of drought. Dill is grown easily from seed and has a tendency to self-sow vigorously if its heads are allowed to litter the ground with seed. The plants are an important food source for black swallowtail butterfly larvae, so it’s a great plant for butterfly gardens. It's also an herb garden essential.
12 - 1
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Southern Asia, Western Asia
Sea Green, Blue Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border
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