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Valerianella locusta

Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany

B and T World Seeds' Botanical Glossary

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 23329

Type of plant - annual
Foliage: rosette, oblong glossy GREEN leaves, nutty flavour
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Synonyms (alternative names) for Valerianella locusta:
Lactuca agnina, Valeriana locusta, Valerianella olitoria, 

Common names for Valerianella locusta:

Alface,  Corn Salad,  Cornsalad,  Doucette,  European Cornsalad,  Feldsalat,  Gewohnlicher Feldsalat,  Lamb's Lettuce,  Lamb's-Lettuce,  Lechuga De Campo,  Lewiston Cornsalad,  Mache,  Mache doucette,  Nusslisalat,  Rapunzel,  Valerianelle, 

Valerianella locusta is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.

36:   Herb Seed List Culinary Medicinal Dye and Aromatic
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74:   West Asian Native and Introduced Plants
77:   Central European Native and Introduced Plants
79:   North African Native and Introduced Plants
83:   Vegetable Seed List
160:   Salad Vegetable Seed List
161:   Edible Flowers
Some flowers are poisonous if not cooked. Some are only edible while in bud. Identify and correctly prepare all flowers before eating. Do not eat flowers that have been sprayed with weedkiller or other chemicals.
680:  Valerianaceae
952:   Wholesale Selection

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Germination guide for Valerianella locusta

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Valerianella locusta seeds will usually germinate in 14 days, if conditions are favourable.
Normally germinates in the dark. Sow Valerianella locusta seeds about 7mm deep in a a fairly rich, light seed sowing mix at about 11°C.

sow in spring and late summer (cool nights, warm days)

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