Dill ( Anethum graveolens ) is the only species in the genus of the dill ( Anethum ). However, there is also a little variety in this spice.
Young dill in the vegetable patch. [Photo: pangcom / Shutterstock.com]
The dill ( Anethum graveolens ) has no other relatives in its genus. But the species is still divided into two varieties and one subspecies:
- Garden dill ( Anethum graveolens hortorum ) is the most famous of the species and can be found in our gardens.
- Field dill ( Anethum graveolens graveolens ) is the wild sibling of the garden dill and can be found on roadsides and in meadows.
- Indian dill ( Anethum graveolens sowa) does not really differ from garden dill in terms of growth, but its aroma is much less intense.
Which variety is the right one?
The answer to this question depends mainly on whether you want the dill to grow in a bed or in a pot. Since the cucumber herb forms a deep taproot, a rather taller vessel is generally required. But choosing the right variety can also increase the joy of growing in pots. Most of the time, the breeder expressly points out if the variety is suitable for pot culture.
- Bouquet: Thanks to the compact growth, well suited for the pot, very fine leaves.
- Ducat: Has intensely green foliage and is characterized by a high content of essential oils and a particularly intense aroma.
- Ella: Compact growing variety that can be sown directly into the pot for patio and balcony.
- Elephant: The late flowering allows a long harvest time for this leafy variety.
- Hercules: In addition to the late flowering, an extremely vigorous growth ensures a lot of yield.
- Mammut: Strong-growing, old variety with a very intense aroma.
- Quadruplet: Due to its strikingly beautiful inflorescence, it is also suitable as an ornamental plant or cut flower in bouquets. However, due to its very vigorous growth, it is only suitable for growing in beds.
Would you like to learn more about growing dill? In our special article we give helpful tips for growing the cucumber herb.