Dutch Corn Salad (Mache or Lamb's Lettuce)


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Dutch Corn Salad, known as Mache or Lamb's Lettuce, has lush, dark-green, rounded spatulate leaves that grow up to 6" long in an attractive rosette and is a member of the honeysuckle family. This leafy green is known as "Rapunzel" in German and inspired the fairytale name when these greens were stolen from the wicked witch's garden! Dutch Corn Salad has a mild, nutty, flavor and velvety texture that is a favorite of lambs. Named for its ability to grow wild in cornfields, this salad green is native to Europe and has the unique ability to grow in very cold environments; it is usually best harvested before it bolts into clusters of tiny white flowers in warmer weather. Corn Salad has nearly three times the value of vitamin C, beta-carotene, Vitamin B6, iron, and potassium as lettuce. 

Also Known As: Corn Salad, Lamb's Lettuce, Common Cornsalad, Winter Salad, Bakleh, Mache, Fetticus, Feldsalat, Nut Lettuce, Field Salad, Valerian Salad, Nusslisalat, Nussler, Rapunzel, Doucette, Raiponce, Matilovac, Motovilec, Fall Garden Lettuce.

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Plant Name:
Corn Salad, Dutch Broad Leaved
Latin Name:
Valerianella locusta
Days to Germinate: 6-10
Days to Harvest: 45
Germination Rate: 85%
Test Date: 10/23
Growth Habit: Upright
USDA Zones: 3-12
Lifespan: Annual
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds:*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2024

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation:

Remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Till the soil 8-10 inches deep and rake several times to break up large clods. It is best to do this when the soil is dry enough to not stick to garden tools. Loosening the soil will help the plant establish strong roots.


Corn Salad is a cool-season crop and does well in the cool temperatures of Spring and Fall. Soil temperature should be at least 50F for seeds to sprout. Use a hoe handle or stick to make a 1/2 inch furrow deep down the center of the ridge.  Plant 1-2 seeds in the furrows spaced 8 inches apart within the rows. Cover lightly with loose soil then sprinkle with water.


Planting Depth: 1/4 inch
Within-Row Spacing:
8 inches
Between-Row Spacing:
2-3 feet


Care During the Season:

Watering: Water plants moderately. If the soil moisture is low, water but avoid waterlogging soil. Try to avoid wetting foliage to prevent diseases.

Weeding: Keep plants free of weeds, which rob weak root systems of nutrients and moisture.

Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options that can be used for prevention. Sevin is a synthetic option. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Before using a pesticide, please read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Disease can happen in cloudy, damp weather. Check plants daily and treat with an approved fungicide if diseases do appear. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides are available for use. Please always follow label directions.


Corn salad can be harvested at any stage of maturity. Fully mature corn salad leaves may be harvested when dark green and full-length, about 6" long. Cut individual outside leaves or harvest the whole head by cutting the base at the soil level. Harvest regularly for continuous growth.


Nutrition Facts:

Calories 25
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 20 mg 1%
Potassium 470 mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 3 g 1%
Dietary fiber 2 g 8%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 3 g 4%
Vitamin A 100% Vitamin C 64%
Calcium 10% Iron 20%
Vitamin D 5% Vitamin B-6 14%
Zinc 3% Magnesium 3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.