Lakes & Rivers
grows from sea level to moderately high elevations, on all of Vancouver Island. It is
usually found in dry, sunny sites. The soil can be sterile sand or clay or any
really poor growing ground, Indian celery will grow anywhere's.
Indian Celery is a very common looking
This plant is relatively
unknown to western gardeners,
Indian Celery was well known to the first
peoples of Vancouver Island. In early spring its tender, nutritious young greens
are a tasty treat. They are edible raw or cooked.
Indian Celery tastes like the store bought celery,
the two plants are related.
Some first nations depended on this
a staple crop, harvesting tons of roots for storage. In particular, the
people of the Columbia River were intimately acquainted with it. Spring
greens were used for salads, roots yielded bulk carbohydrates.
They are a gray or blue green color, like
many desert or seashore plants, and are rather plain looking, combining a
graceful elegance of foliage with a short thick bush.
Other names for these plants include Indian
Consumption Plant, Pestle Parsnip, Desert
Parsley, and Hog Fennel.