Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Anethum graveolens (a-NAY-thum grav-ee-O-lenz)
white, greenish yellow
Form and Size:
The leafy, hollow and branched stems of dill are 18 – 24 inches long. At stem ends, there are tiny, star-like flowers in clusters.
7 – 10 days
summer – early-fall
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Umbelliferae (parsley) family, dill originated in southwest Asia. Egyptians used dill as a medicine, while the Greeks used it to quiet hiccups. In early North American settlements it was given to children to chew during sermons in order to keep them quiet. They called it the “meetin’ seed.” In floral arrangements dill can be used as a filler flower. It looks similar to how Queen Anne’s lace looks in arrangements.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of dill include Queen Anne's lace and blue lace flower. In Middle Ages it was thought that dill’s tiny star-like flowers were useful in guarding against evil and witchcraft. It was also thought to enhance passion when put in wine.