Cutting Celery, Leaf Celery, Smallage 'Par-Cel'

Apium graveolens var. secalinum

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Apium (AY-pee-um) (Info)
Species: graveolens var. secalinum
Cultivar: Par-Cel



Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Rustburg, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 2, 2010, josiebo from Rustburg, VA wrote:

I planted seeds for cutting celery in my perennial garden last spring. They were slow to germinate (a celery plant characteristic apparently), but once they did, they have flourished. No special care, just fertilized with vegetable Plant Tone occasionally and watered when I watered the bed. In the fall, I cut the tops completely off and dried some and some I simply froze. Those frozen (no prep beyond washing) were actually better than the dried. I only used them in cooking, however.

I mulched the plant heavily with leaves for the winter. In Feb., the leaves started appearing above the mulch. Fearing more cold weather, I simply added more leaves and waited until mid-March to uncover them. They have come back strong and I have been cutting from these plants since I ... read more


On Mar 7, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

3' celery in leaf form instead of stalks.Tastes more like celery but looks like parsley. Heat, drought AND cold tolerant. Retains its sharp refreshing flavor fresh or dried

Germ: sow indoors 12 wks before last frost. Sprouts after 3-4 wks @ 60-72 F


On Jul 9, 2006, Courgette from Leeds,
United Kingdom wrote:

In the north of England, where the climate is cool temperate, this plant stays green throughout the winter. It has a nice celery taste that makes it very useful, particularly for cooking. One plant provided as much as I could use. The propagation is a bit tricky because it needs to be warm for the seeds to germinate, but it is no harder than parsley to grow. According to the packet, the seed needed to be germinated by June. The plant is a biennial and gets very tall when in bolts, about three feet tall. The flowers are parsley-like.