This species was previously included in Apium australe.
Apium australe angustisectum H.Wolff
Apium australe latisectum H.Wolff
Apium dunicola Pontiroli
Apium filiforme (A.Rich.) Hook.
Apium graveolens Cham.
Helosciadium australe Bunge
Helosciadium prostratum Bunge
Petroselinum australe Hook.f.
Petroselinum filiforme A.Rich.
Petroselinum prostratum DC.
Common Name: Sea Celery
Apium prostratum is a prostrate to erect, biennial to perennial, herbaceous plant growing 5 - 100cm tall[
Apium prostratum was used as a celery substitute by the early European settlers. It has received some attention from the 'bush foods' industry in Australia, as it has a flavour similar to the common celery but with some evidence of parsley flavour[
]. It has been suggested as having the potential to be bred as a cultivated vegetable[
Skin contact with the sap is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[
Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria; New Zealand; southern S. America - Brazil, Argentina, Chile
Coastal headlands and dunes, margins of brackish swamps and saline stretches of river banks[
]. Coastal areas, flooded sites, creeklines, swamps and marshes; growing in sand, sandy loam, granite and limestone soils[
Easily grown in a sunny position, succeeding in most, moist soils[
]. Prefers a rich moist soil with some shade in summer.
The crushed leaves smell strongly of celery[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A salty taste, it is used as a flavouring in soups etc or as a garnish in a similar way to parsley[
]. The leaves can also be eaten raw but have a very strong flavour[
]. A parsley flavour, they are quite pleasant raw[
]. Apium prostratum has received some attention from the 'bush foods' industry as it has a flavour similar to the common celery but with some evidence of parsley flavour[
The leaf stems can be blanched and used like celery[
], but they are small and fibrous so are not very worthwhile[
Root. No further details.
Seed - used as a flavouring in soups etc[
The plant is antiscorbutic[
Used for pads to make canoes watertight.
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Germination can be a bit slow, taking a month or more. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.