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USDA Celery (Apium) Collection

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(Left) Wild celery, Apium graveolens ©2015 Jean Pawek, (Center) Celery growing on the PGRU field, (Right) Wild celery ©2016 John Doyen


Apium graveolens (celery and celeriac) are members of the family Umbelliferae. Apium species are typically biennial. The celery (Apium) collection at the PGRU consists of over 240 accessions. We house 4 botanical classes, including: graveolens L. (celery), graveolens L. var. Rapaceum (celeriac), graveolens L. var. Dulce (stalk celery), and spp. (unidentified or unnamed Apium).

The PGRU Apium collection spans over 100 years of history, with our first accession collected from China in 1898 to our most recent addition in 2013. Our collection has grown through the donation, collection, and development of Apium germplasm. A majority of our collection hails from Turkey, various parts of the United States, China, and Poland.


Looking for plant germplasm? Review our distribution policy for germplasm requests.

For more information on growing practices, head to the CELERY production page or visit the CELERY crop page in GRIN-Global to find citations, descriptor data, and genetic markers. 

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Celery Production in the United States


Data from USDA NASS 

PGRU Celery Accession Distribution 1990-2021

Data from GRIN-Global