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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