Apium prostratum – sea celery

 

This plant is a great edible native plant, and grows naturally along coastal areas in southern states of Australia. It can be a compact plant like parsley, or have a cascading form which looks great grown on banks or in hanging baskets and pots. It grows best in part shade, but can also be grown in sun with a bit of extra care. It seeds itself readily. A good bush tucker plant for smaller gardens and balconies, as well as larger areas, and an attractive container plan, with its attractive ferny foliage.

It can be used like parsley or celery in dishes like salads, stews and soups, and has a nice flavour.

Family:Apiaceae
Scientific Name:Apium prostratum
Common Name:Sea Celery
Plant Type:Ground cover
Height:0.2 ~ 0.4 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Weeping
Lifespan:Annual, Biennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Edible, Tea, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.