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Serendipitous supply
When the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust wanted to give a gift of plants, locally sourced from Rarangi Beach, east of Blenheim, they came to Oratia. Not only could we provide an eco-sourced species, it was also a plant which had since disappeared from the region!

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Apium prostratum
Height: 0.1m;  Spread: 1m
Native Celery (Ground Cover)
Ideal coastal groundcover. Sprawls over clay banks and among rocks just above the tide line.
Growing tips:
On 16/12/2014, Martin Nicholls said:
This can be really tricky to keep going in the garden. It seems to like strictly coastal conditions where it is periodically drenched in salt spray, and needs a spring-fed water source carrying quite a high fertiliser load with it. Keep moist and well fed in the garden (like standard celery). Easily grown from seed and best treated as a biennial.