Dill Dill Dill

My early years of life were spent on an orchard and “dill” for me related to feeding stale bread to ducks on the pond, calling out “here dill, dill, dill” 😀

This dill wild parsnip was growing along the roadside verge on the back road between Roxburgh and Millers Flat. I was photographing wildflowers when I found them and they looked intriguing. After returning home Nigel initially thought they’re dill but apparently they’re wild parsnip. Photos taken 23 January 2021. Central Otago, New Zealand. (I found that dill has feathery foliage which this definitely doesn’t).

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So … we actually think this is Wild Parsnip, Pastinaca sativa

~ photos by me except for the 3rd-to-last, and the last one – both taken by Nigel.


Text by Liz, photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2021)

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    1. I’m familiar with fennel but not with dill, hence our initial mistake – oops! I didn’t realise dill is feathery like fennel. Anyway, I enjoyed the process of finding out about the wild parsnip – I didn’t know it grew wild along the roadside 🙂

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      1. I have fennel here, which is very similar and I’m hoping to grow other umbellifers too, because they give such a pretty effect in the garden.

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