Invasive Plant

Wild Caraway

Carum carvi

About This Species

Wild caraway was introduced to Canada as a spice crop but has escaped cultivation. It is a biennial plant that can quickly outgrow native plants. It can grow in light shade, survive light frost and extra moisture in the soil.

How to Identify

Wild caraway is identified by white groups of flowers at the top of several erect, branched stems that grow 60-90 cm tall. Leaves are very finely divided and fern-like. This plant is difficult to identify when not in flower.

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You can control wild caraway with repeated hand-pulling before seed-set. Seeds can scatter easily, so use a plastic bag to carefully place over mature plants and dispose at a landfill or thoroughly burn. Note that repeated mowing of wild caraway is not effective, as plants re-bloom below cutting height.

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