A picture of a Vulcan Palm

Vulcan Palm

Brighamia spp.

Also known as

Cabbage On A Stick, Ōlulu, Alula

IMG 8294-Brighamia insignis by C T Johansson (CC BY 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


This plant has no fragrance

More images of Vulcan Palm

Brighamia insignis - US Botanic Garden - specimen 1
Brighamia insignis B
Brighamia insignis (6220855630)

Vulcan Palm Overview

A unique genus with just 2 recognised species endemic to Hawaii. Due to their interesting characteristics, species in this genus were difficult to classify, originating from highly remote and inaccessible cliff habitats in Hawaii. They have a succulent stem which is bulbous at the base and tapers at the top. Flowers are thin, 5-petalled and coloured yellow or white, on long stems. These plants are highly endangered in the wild.

Common problems with Vulcan Palm

When grown under glass can be attacked by common pests.

How to harvest Vulcan Palm

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Vulcan Palm


Special features of Vulcan Palm

Attractive leaves