Common Cornsalad - Valerianella locusta

Alternative names
Lamb’'s lettuce or Lambs Lettuce

Low to medium hairless plant. Flowers pinkish or bluish, tiny in flat umbel like clusters.

Similar Species

other corn-salads

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Ripe fruits are essential for identification; this plant cannot be verified from photos of the plant or flowers.

Fruit is 2 x as thick as wide, and about as long as thick, with a shallow groove on the abaxial face (i.e to side furthest from the axis)

Recording advice

The fruits need to be checked and evidence provided of their details.


Arable and waste land and around the coast.

When to see it

April to June.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but localised, it is mainly coastal in the north of Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 23 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist it is listed as Native, now scarce.

It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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