Know your Corn Salad

Know your Corn Salad - Introduction

  • Corn salad, Valerianella locusta,  is a small dicot annual plant of the family Valerianaceae. 

Know your Corn Salad - Common names

  • It is also called Lewiston cornsalad, lamb's lettuce, fetticus, field salad, mâche, feldsalat, nut lettuce and rapunzel.

Know your Corn Salad - Botany

  • Corn salad grows in a low rosette with spatulate leaves up to 15.2 cm long.
  • It is a hardy plant that grows to US zone 5, and in mild climates it is grown as a winter green. 
  • In warm conditions it tends to bolt to seed.

Know your Corn Salad - Distribution

  • Corn salad grows wild in parts of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia.
  • In Europe and Asia it is a common weed in cultivated land and waste spaces. 
  • In North America it has escaped cultivation and become naturalized on both the eastern and western sea-boards.