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Wild Celery

Apium graveolens

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Also known as

Celery, Celeriac

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Wild Celery Overview

This plant produces finely divided, compound leaves held alternately on the stem. In late summer, small white flowers are produced in umbels. The species name, or specific epithet 'graveolens' means 'strong smelling'.

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How to harvest Wild Celery

From October to March. Cut the stems at the base and remove.

How to propagate Wild Celery

Seed

Sow indoors from December to march and outdoors from April to June.

Special features of Wild Celery

Crop rotation

Other uses of Wild Celery

It has one of the highest potassium contents of the vegetables and can be eaten raw or cooked. The seeds are also used in cooking. Used in traditional medicine for reducing blood pressure, relieving indigestion, stimulating the uterus, as an anti-inflammatory, diuretic and aphrodisiac.

Edible

Stems are used in a multitude of recipes or can be eaten raw as a vegetable healthfood as it takes more calories to digest than is benefited from it.