E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Carum carvi L.

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #3803)

E-Flora BC Static Map
Distribution of Carum carvi
Click here to view the full interactive map and legend
Details about map content are available here
Click on the map dots to view record details.

Species Information

Click on the image below to view an expanded illustration for this species.

Biennial herb from a taproot; stems single at the base, branching above, 0.3-1 m tall.
Upper leaves finely dissected into linear, threadlike segments; lower leaves stalked, well-developed, 8-17 cm long.
Inflorescence terminal, in umbrella-like clusters; flowers white or rarely pink; spokes of the umbel 7-14.
Broadly oblong-elliptic, 3-4 mm long, scented.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Fields and waste places in the montane zone; infrequent throughout BC S of 56degreeN; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Carum carvi

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 610 610 610
Slope Gradient (%) 3 3 3
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
17 16 17
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 4 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Carum velenovskyi Rohlena

Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Links

Additional Photo Sources

General References