The Temperate Database is in the process of being updated, with new records being added and old ones being checked and brought up to date where necessary. This record has not yet been checked and updated.
Common Name: Chicken Claws
Salicornia quinqueflora is a
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria. New Zealand.
Coastal rock platforms and rock crevices in New Zealand[
]. Salt flats high in the intertidal area in Australia[
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.
Young shoots - raw or cooked[
]. A salty taste[
]. Used mainly as a pickle[
]. Each stem has a fibrous woody core that makes the plant much less appealing as a vegetable or pickle[
The ashes obtained from burning this plant are rich in potash and are used in making soap or glass[
]]. The ashes can also be used as a soap for cleaning fabrics[
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.