Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Carum carvi



Carum carvi (caraway)


  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Carum carvi
  • Preferred Common Name
  • caraway
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Essential oils
  • Forage
  • Lipids
  • Pesticide
  • Spices and culinary herbs
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Carum carvi L.

Preferred Common Name

  • caraway

Other Scientific Names

  • Carum velenovskyi Rohlena (1903)

International Common Names

  • English: common caraway
  • Spanish: carvi; comino de prado
  • French: carvi; cumin des pres
  • Portuguese: cuminho

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Gemeiner Kuemmel; Wiesen- Kuemmel
  • Italy: comino dei prati
  • Netherlands: echte Karwij
  • Sweden: kummin
  • Thailand: hom-pom

EPPO code

  • CRYCA (Carum carvi)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Apiales
  •                         Family: Apiaceae
  •                             Genus: Carum
  •                                 Species: Carum carvi

Uses List

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Animal feed, fodder, forage

  • Forage

Human food and beverage

  • Spices and culinary herbs


  • Essential oils
  • Lipids
  • Pesticide

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Traditional/folklore