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Polytaenia nuttallii (Nuttall's prairie parsley)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Polytaenia nuttallii

Polytaenia nuttallii DC.

Nuttall's Prairie Parsley, Prairie Parsley, Wild Dill, Prairie Parsnip

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Synonym(s): Pleiotaenia nuttallii

USDA Symbol: PONU4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Wild Dill has stiff, stout stems, to 3 feet high, which become dry and brown and remain standing through the winter months. The leaves are 1-3 inches long and nearly as broad, deeply cut, and lobed. Upper leaves usually have 3 lobes, lower ones 5. The flowers are small, 1/4 inch across, greenish-yellow, and grow in umbel-like clusters, 2 inches across, branching irregularly from the leaf axils near the top of the plant.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MI , MN , MO , MS , ND , NE , OK , TN , TX , WI

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist


Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Black swallowtail
Nectar Source: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-116 Collected 2007-06-13 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 78 - (2020) Missouri Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Polytaenia nuttallii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polytaenia nuttallii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polytaenia nuttallii


Record Modified: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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