Could anyone let me know how to tell the difference between a dill and
fennel plant. I think I have one in the garden with feathery leaves
and is about 6 feet tall. I checked some books in the library for both
plants' ID but I still can't tell the difference. Please advise.
Thanks in advance.
Someone else will probably be able to give you a better answer, but...
what does it smell like? Break some off and crush it a bit. If it
smells like dill pickles, it's dill. If it smells like licorice/anise,
As others have said they do smell quite different. Also fennel has a much
bigger fatter stem, particularly at the base, the base of fennel can be
eaten as a vegetable, which is not so likely with dill.
Good advice from everyone. But, if it smells like neither of those things,
wash your hands thoroughly with DISH LIQUID, rinse off the outside of the
bottle, and come back here and tell us. I had poison hemlock (the real deal)
in my yard back in the spring. It looked very much like fennel. I mention
this because although I certainly haven't seen everything the world has to
offer, I haven't seen 6 foot high fennel. Dill, yes. Fennel, no.
6 foot high bronze fennel sure, I got it, caterpillars all over.
I didn't know they got that big either, but since I planted it, I'm
sure of what it is. Flopping over too, I'll need to stake it so it
doesn't get in my lawn mower's path. Maybe bronze grows larger then
Apart from the odour as mentioned elsethread, Stace describes some
differences in the stems and fruits
Fennel - stems solid at first, becoming +/- hollow; ...; fruits scarcely
compressed, c. 2-4x as long as wide, ..., with prominent thick ribs.
Dill - stems hollow; ...; fruits strongly dorsally compressed, c. 2x as
long as wide, ..., with prominent slender dorsal ridges and
conspicuously winged lateral ones.
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