Fact Sheet

ALERT SPP This Plant is on high alert.


Latin Name: Carum carvi

 Origin:  Eurasia

Physical Description: Biennial herb from a taproot. Has a single stem that branches at the top. It can grow up to 1m tall. The leaves are alternate, finely divided (carrot-like) and have sheaths where the stalk joins the stem. The flowers are typically white, sometimes pink-ish and are found at the top of stems in umbels.

Habitat: Can be found in pastures, rangelands and natural areas. It can persist in forest canopies but cannot tolerate heavily shaded areas.

Impacts:  It is not utilized by livestock and can quickly displace desirable forage.

Reproduction:  Seed only

Management Options

Mechanical: Hand pulling or digging prior to setting seed is effective for small infestations. Repeated mowing is not recommended as plants can re-bloom below cutting height.

Chemical: Several herbicides with the following active ingredients can control Caraway: 2,4-D, aminopyralid, chlorsulfuron, clopyralid, dicamba and glyphosate. For available products, contact your local agri-supply store. Prior to any herbicide application, read and follow the label instructions.

 Biological: Not available.

Additional Resources:

Alberta Invasive Species Council. 2014. Wild Caraway Factsheet. 


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