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PlantFiles: Beaked Corn Salad
Valerianella radiata

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Valerianella (val-er-ee-ah-NEL-uh) (Info)
Species: radiata (rad-ee-AY-tuh) (Info)


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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive melody On May 2, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

In some places, this plant can get invasive, but around here, it's just a cheerful little weed.

It can be seen in huge drifts along the roadsides in the gravel margin, and in waste places. It's common throughout the mid-south area and blooms in late April/early May here in west KY.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cole Camp, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Glouster, Ohio

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