'Akulikuli, Sesuvium Portulacacastrum

Description 'Akulikuli is from the batis or carpet-weed family. It is a low growing woody shrub from 2 to 3 feet long. Its leaves contain a salty juice giving it the name pickleweed. The tiny leaves are spike shaped, and are about 1 inch in length. The 'Akulikuli's leaves are narrow, with red to green stems and thick leaves.Tiny green flowers appear at the tip the plant.

In the West Indies ashes of this plant are used to make glass and soap. 

Habitat In Hawaii, it grows in coastal habitats including the edges of fresh, brackish ,and saltwater ponds. Plants do well in full shade.


Stems with two or more
nodes are necessary.
Roots form within 2-4 weeks.
Rooted cuttings are
ready for transplant
when the roots are
2-3 inches long.

`Akulikuli is the
Hawaiian word
for "succulent". The leaves have medicinal uses.