Chicken Claws (Salicornia quinqueflora)

S. australis. Sol. Sarcocornia quinqueflora.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Chicken Claws
Salicornia quinqueflora
Chenopodiaceae

The ashes obtained from burning this plant are rich in potash and are used in making soap or glass[153, 156]]. The ashes can also be used as a soap for cleaning fabrics[169].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Young shoots – raw or cooked[153, 173]. A salty taste[144, 193]. Used mainly as a pickle[193]. Each stem has a fibrous woody core that makes the plant much less appealing as a vegetable or pickle[193].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in spring, in a greenhouse in a light sandy compost. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division might be possible in the spring.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it is unlikely succeed outdoors in any but the mildest parts of the country. The plants native habitat will give some idea of its cultivation needs.
Australia – New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria. New Zealand.

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