Plant A Day – Goosefoot Cornsalad

Goosefoot Cornsalad Valerianella chenopodiifolia

Goosefoot Cornsalad
Valerianella chenopodiifolia

Cornsalad is a peculiar name for this plant … any plant as far as that goes.  It turns out that another plant in this genus, Valerianella locusta, is a European plant that has been used for centuries in salads.  The French in particular cultivate that plant.  ‘Corn’ is a generic term for any grain in England, and this plant tends to grow as a weed in wheat fields, thus “Cornsalad”.  Now you know something useful!

Goosefoot Cornsalad is a somewhat rare plant in Indiana that grows in rich, moist soil.

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