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Valerianella locusta

Corn salad

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Features

  • BloomsApril to June
  • Height0.1m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitSemi-trailing
  • Flower ColourPale lilac

Description

Valerianella locusta (Corn salad). This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe, and is often rampant in corn fields. When planting the seeds can be placed about 25cm apart. The soil is to be kept moist and then harvest the leaves as they are needed. STEM: Upright, slender, brittle, widely branched. ROOT: Fibrous. HAIRS: Stem minutely bristly. STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Shorter than blade. BRACTS: Smaller than leaves. FLOWER STALK: Absent SEPALS: 5, indistinct. PETALS: 5, bases joined, funnel-shaped, lobes spreading widely. STAMENS: 3, protruding. STIGMA: 3-lobed; style long. OVARY: 1, below petals, 3-celled. SEEDS: 1, not released.

Characteristics

Annual, Herbaceous

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, edible.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost resistant, They can be grown in any sunny position in well-drained soil. You can propagate from seed in autumn and spring.

Propagation

Propagation is from seeds in the autumn and spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch for slugs.

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