Carum carvi | Also known as: ammi, meeting seed Carya pecan, Juglans pecan, Juglans illinoensis, Hicoria pecan | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

With edible seeds, leaves and roots it's difficult not to get carried away.

Spice things up in your garden with carum carvi or caraway, a herb that produces clusters of pretty, dainty white flowers as well as caraway seeds that can used as a spice for food and beverages. In addition, the leaves and roots are also edible. This aromatic plant should be grown in fertile and well-drained soil in areas that receive lots of sunlight. Caraway’s attractive flowers and enticing fragrance make it an appealing option for herb gardens but this plant can also be grown in containers and does well within flower beds and borders. It will self-sow if seeds are not collected, making it a low-maintenance option for groundcover as well. Wherever it is planted, this herb will serve as a tasty treat within your garden!

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-9
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Herbs
Grown for
  • Culinary use
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • For Beginners
  • Outdoor food
  • For birds & bees
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years