Wild Corn Salad (Valerianella locusta)
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Wild Corn Salad (Valerianella locusta)

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Wild Corn Salad (Valerianella locusta) is native to Eurasia and grows wildly on meadows and fields, on the wayside, and in the vineyard, there. Only since the 18th century, we also know wild corn salad as a cultivated plant. As food, it has already been known for a long time but people collected the wild variety in nature, which, indeed, tastes much stronger and more aromatic.

Wild corn salad can be cultivated all year round. However, it's appreciated especially as a winter salad as it survives frosts down to -15°C and can be harvested all winter long. Its high vitamin C content has already been appreciated in so long, especially during the winter months. Therefore, the wild corn salad is also rich in vitamin B6 and folate, as well as in iron and potassium. The delicate leaf rosettes are cut near-ground and prepared well-washed as a salad.

Wild corn salad sows itself and is perfectly suitable as a ground-covering nurse crop. It can also be harvested brilliantly as a balcony vegetable in pods.

Seeds: 1000 Wild Corn Salad seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
35 – 70
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Lifecycle :
full sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
16 – 18 °C
Germination time in days:
8 – 14
Planting distance:
10 cm
Main harvest:
  • Sowing period: Possible all year round at temperatures between +5-28°C. Outdoors, spring sowing commonly in March to mid-April. Autumn and winter sowing: From mid-July to the end of October.
  • Sowing depth: 0.5cm, broadcast in rows
  • Ideal germination temperature: 16-18°C
  • Germination period: 8-21 days, depending on time of sowing.
  • Row spacing: 10-30cm
  • Planting distance: 8cm
  • Location: Preferably sunny
  • Soil: Prefers calcareous, sandy, loamy soils, is very salt-sensitive
  • Care: Needs little care and fertilization, occasional hoeing and consistent moisture are very beneficial. As it is a light-feeder, it doesn't need to be fertilized. Wild corn salad is self-tolerant and can grow in the same place for a longer period. With threatening black frosts, it's very rewarding to cover the plants with brushwood or doubled fleece.
  • Harvest: Depending on the time of sowing, it can be harvested after 6-12 weeks. If the plant should grow on, the heart has to remain. Otherwise, it's cut very near-ground.
  • Family: Valerian family (Valerianaceae)
Other names
Botanical name:
fedia caerulealocusta communisvalerianella locusta
German names:
English names:
fetticusfield saladlamb's lettucemâchenut lettucerapunzel
French names:
blanchetteboursetteclairettedoucettedoulcétagallinetteherbe des chanoinesoreille–de–lièvreoreilletteraiponceramponramponnetromandesalade de blévalérianellevalérianelle cultivée
Spanish names:
alfacescanónigosdulcetahierba de los canónigoslechuga de corderovaleriana comestiblevalerianilla portuguesayerba de canónigosyerba de los canónigosyerba del canónigo
Italian names:
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
1,000 Pcs.


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