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Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects: Caraway (Carum carvi)

Caraway is a biennial and a member of the carrot family, Apiaceae, that also includes celery, Queen Anne’s lace, and dill.  It is native to moist meadows, arable lands, and waste places in  Europe (except the Mediterranean area), western Asia, and North Africa but is extensively cultivated in Finland, Canada, Netherlands, Egypt, and central Europe.  Plants grow up to 24” tall from a thick tapering root  and have finely divided, feathery leaves and small white or pink flowers carried in terminal umbels in early summer.  The fruits are one seeded achenes that are used in cooking for their anise-like flavor. Caraway prefers cool climates.


Type: Biennial

Size: 16-24” H x 10-12” W

Light: Sun

Soil: Average, medium moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Beneficial Insects Attracted:  Pirate bugs, damsel bugs, big eyed bugs, Trichogramma wasps, lacewings, hoverflies, ladybugs