Dill is one of my favorite things to grow. If you can beat the
caterpillars to it, it is the best thing you can put in chicken soup
(well, besides chicken)!
If the caterpillars beat you to it, you get
butterflies. If neither of you eat it, butterflies nectar on the flowers
and you can enjoy watching them until they go to seed, and then you can
gather the seeds for your next crop of Dill.
The Black Swallowtail
is laying an egg on the Dill flower. Look closely at the
bottom of the caterpillar photo to the right and you can see an egg on
the flower tip (slightly fuzzy yellow ball) as well as various young
stages of her caterpillars.
Left - Red Banded Hairstreak
nectars on Dill.
Right - some moth looper eats it too.
So - Dill makes a great people food plant for your herb garden, and
is also an excellent host and
nectar plant for your butterfly garden.
I have more Dill, but not nearly enough right now. I had some going to
seed, but we had a drought and water restrictions so I lost those. It's
raining again now, so if these few plants give me seeds, I'll plant a
larger Dill area and hopefully get more photos for this page!
(Mini update - not enough rain, worse restrictions, and still not enough