Dill is a great herb to have around. It has fragrant, delicate foliage, bright yellow flowers, and a flavor like none other. But there are a few different varieties of dill, and it may not be easy to know which one to grow. Keep reading to learn more about dill weed varieties and the different types of dill plants.
Dill Plant Types
So what are some different varieties of dill? There aren’t too many varieties of dill, but here are some notable types:
Bouquet is probably the most popular variety, grown for its fragrant leaves and seeds that are used in both cooking and pickling.
Long Island and Mammoth are also both very popular, largely because they grow so tall. Both can reach five feet (1.5 m) in height and are excellent for pickling.
Fernleaf is a common dwarf variety at the other end of the spectrum, topping out at around 18 inches (45.5 cm.) in height. It’s especially popular grown in containers as well as cut and used in flower arrangements.
Dukat is another smaller dill plant type that is good for container growing, a compact variety that is a brighter green than its cousins. It’s especially popular in salads.
Superdukat is a cultivar that has more essential oil than Dukat.
Delikat has lots of very dense foliage, making it ideal for harvesting leaves for cooking.
Vierling is a variety that takes longer to bolt than other varieties of dill, making it a good choice if you want to harvest leaves all summer long.
Hercules is another variety that takes a long time to flower, though its leaves are coarser than those of other types, which means it’s best to harvest when the plant is young and the leaves are the most tender.