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Product ID: 419

Mâche for winter salads.

This versatile, vigorous, mildew-resistant variety is excellent at a time of year when greens become scarce. Long, oval, glossy green leaves form tight rosettes. Mild, slightly nutty flavor also reminiscent of roses. Also known as mâche, lamb's lettuce, and corn salad. Unsized seed. Avg. 14,900 seeds/oz. Packet: 500 seeds.


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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Valerianella locusta
CULTURE: Mache, also known as "corn salad" or "lamb's lettuce," grows well in cool or mild weather conditions. Mache can be planted anytime soil temperatures range from 41–68°F (5-20°C). Do not sow if soil temperatures have exceeded 68°F (20°C). At temperatures greater than 70°F (21°C) the seed will go dormant. In northern latitudes mache can be grown year-round utilizing open field, cold greenhouse, and high tunnel systems. In southern areas mache is adapted for open-field winter production. Mache germinates slowly in 10–14 days.
DIRECT SEEDING: Sow 1" apart in rows 4–18" apart. Thin to 3".
HARVEST: Cut young rosettes (entire plants) at the root attachment when 2–3" tall. Mache can be used alone, or as a component of a salad mix.
AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: 750'/oz., 5 1/4 lb./acre at 36 seeds/ft. in rows 12" apart. Up to double this rate is often used.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: Avg. 17,000.
PACKET: 500 seeds sows 16' at 30 seeds/ft.

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Quick Facts


Latin Name

Valerianella locusta

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

50 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Cold Tolerant Cold Tolerant
Cold Tolerant

Cold Tolerant