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PlantFiles: Cumin
Cuminum cyminum

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuminum (KOO-min-um) (Info)
Species: cyminum (SIM-in-um) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral mystic On Feb 2, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Slender and branched annual with finely divided leaves 4 inches long, grows to about 1 foot tall.Tiny white to pink stalked umbels of flowers bloom in June or July are followed by gray-green oblong fruits 1/4 inch long,that contain the pale brown seeds.The smell and taste are somewhat like caraway.Native to the Mediterranean. Needs well drained,fertile soil in full sun. Seeds may not ripen in colder climates.
This aromatic, astringent herb benefits the digestive system. Seeds are used to flavor soups, sauces pickles, and bread.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Menifee, California
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Wagoner, Oklahoma

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