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Binomial Name: Apium prostratum


Common Name: Sea Celery




Leaves: Variable, toothed, celery aroma, taste like celery and parsley combined


Stem/Trunk: Squat stem


Flower: Tiny, white, clusters


Fruit: Very small seed (carrot family)


Flowering Period: Spring to Summer


Height: 50cm to 1 metre


Width: Spreading


Habit: Prostrate


Aspect: Full sun to filtered light, morning sun, enjoys moisture so mulch and water regularly until established. Occasional seaweed treatment emulates costal habitat


Soil Type: Sandy soils (add compost to sandy soil for best results)


Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5


Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benefits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug


Mulch: Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness


Root System: Contained. Not invasive


Drought Tolerant: Keep well watered


Frost Tolerant: No


Salt Wind Tolerant: Yes


Fire Response: No. Does not recover from burning


Host Requred: No


Fast Growing: Moderate


Gardens: Coastal, tropical, subtropical, bush food gardens, sensory gardens


Natural Occurrence: Occurs north Queensland to Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, often in saline areas along the coast


Known Plant Associations: Sarcocornia species, Suaeda australis, Tetragonia tetragoniodes


Known Fauna Associations: Riparian and coastal fauna, amphibions, insects


Other Information: Needs moist soil that drains. It can be grown indoors.

Apium prostratum (Sea Celery)

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