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Valerianella locusta 
LETTUCE-DUTCH CORN SALAD-LAMBS LETTUCE is a cold tolerant plant and is among the softest & most tender of all greens. The mild nutty flavor of its 7.5 cm leaves makes an excellent addition to salads & garnishes. Sow every 2 weeks for continual harvest. Dutch Corn Salad, commonly known as lamb’s lettuce, dates from the Stone Age lake dwellings in Switzerland. In the 17th century England & France, corn salad was highly valued since it could thrive in the cold when other greens would freeze. Known in France as Mache. This tender, nutritious, nutty spring salad green first became popular in America in the 1970s when a grower in California began producing it. It became quite popular in salad mixes & can also be cooked like spinach or used as an herb for flavoring. It has more than 3 times the Vitamin C than lettuce as well as Omega-3 fatty acid. Excellent choice for home gardens.

Sow Autumn to Winter or in cold frosty zones, plant in Spring. Prefers a sunny position.

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How to Grow Dutch Corn Salad (Lambs Lettuce)

  1. Dutch Corn Salad prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0. Before planting, loosen the soil to a depth of at least 15.24cm (six inches), removing any weeds or debris. Incorporate compost or aged manure to enrich the soil.
  2. Sow Dutch Corn Salad seeds directly into the prepared soil in early spring or Autumn. Space the seeds about 10.16cm (four inches) apart and 0.64cm (1/4 inch) deep. Water the seeds gently to avoid disturbing them.
  3. Water regularly to maintain consistent moisture, especially during germination and early growth. Regular watering keeps the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Provide about 2.54cm (one inch) of water per week.
  4. This variety of Dutch Corn Salad does not require heavy fertilisation, but a light application of a balanced fertiliser can help boost growth. Apply the fertiliser at half-strength once or twice during the growing season.
  5. Harvest 30-45 days from sowing when the leaves are young and tender and roughly 2.0 to 5.08-7.62cm (three inches) long. Cut the leaves at the base of the stem, leaving a few inches of growth intact for regrowth.  Can be harvested continuously by picking outer leaves as needed.

Heritage of Dutch Corn Salad (Lambs Lettuce)

Dutch Corn Salad Lettuce, also known as mâche or lamb’s lettuce, is a cool-season salad green that is native to Europe and Asia. It has been cultivated for thousands of years and was a popular winter vegetable in Europe during the Middle Ages. It was traditionally used as a medicinal herb, and was believed to have aphrodisiac properties. Today, Dutch Corn Salad Lettuce is widely grown in many parts of the world, and is prized for its nutty, sweet flavor and tender leaves. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and is often used in salads, sandwiches, and as a garnish for various dishes.

A customer told me she absolutely loves this lettuce to grow and eat.  Says she can’t get enough of it.

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

10 - 15

Season of Interest

Spring / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

5 - 15

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun / Part Shade

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct


Well-drained, fertile soil


6.0 - 7.0

Soil Temperature (°C)

5 - 10

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)

0.2 - 4.0

Plant Spacing (cm)

10 - 15

Row spacing (cm)

15 - 20


Keep consistently moist, but not waterlogged

Germination Time (Days)

7 - 14

Harvest Time (Days)

30 - 45

Good Companion Plants

Radish, Carrots, Chervil

Bad Companion Plants

Brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower), Lettuce (different varieties of lettuce, including salad greens)


Aphids, Flea beetles, Slugs, Snails, Cutworms


Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, Anthracnose, Botrytis

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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