Corn salad

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Corn Salad
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Corn Salad close up
Corn Salad close up
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Order: Dipsacales
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Family: Valerianaceae
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Genus: Valerianella
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Species: V. locusta
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Binomial name
Valerianella locusta
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Corn salad (Valerianella locusta) is a small dicot annual plant of the family Valerianaceae. It is also called Lewiston cornsalad, fetticus, mache, mâche, doucette, rampon, rampien, lamb's lettuce, field salad (, nüssli, nüsslisalat, and rapunzel.

Corn salad grows in a low rosette with spatulate leaves up to 15.2cm long.[1] It is a hardy plant that grows to zone 5, and in mild climates it is grown as a winter green. In warm conditions it tends to bolt to seed.[2]

Corn salad grows wild in parts of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia.[3] 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 seaboards.[4]

Valerianella locusta line drawing showing its bolted state.


  1. Floridata: Valerianella locusta
  2. Plants for a Future: Valerianella locusta
  3. United States Department of Agriculture: Germplasm Resources Information Network
  4. United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service: Plants profile for Valerianella locusta

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