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Mache | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Seeds


Valerianella locusta

Extends the fresh greens season in the beginning and the end. No heated greenhouse required.


Here in the Northeast, the early adopters of the locavore movement had a challenge when trying to eat within 100 miles of their homes: winter. While it was possible to find storage crops such as roots, apples, and cabbages--as well as to can, dry, and freeze much of summer's bounty--fresh greens were hard to come by. Luckily we can all grow the little known Mache, also known as Lamb's Lettuce, to fill the void! This satisfying cold hardy green is a soothing, nutritious, and flavorful, with its own invisible insulation like a lamb's warm coat. It is eaten fresh and is excellent as a salad base. Grow this green in your cold season and keep your tummy warm.


Art Pack, 250 seeds

Product ID# , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

  • Growing Information

    Days to Germination 5-10 days
    Days to Maturity 55 days
    Planting Depth 1/4 inch
    Spacing in Row 6 inches
    Spacing Between Rows 6 inches
    Height at Maturity 3 inches
    Width at Maturity 4 inches


    Sow in successions in early fall for fall, winter and early spring harvest, or start early spring under protection. Allow 6" per plant. Thrives in cooler temperatures with ample water and sunlight. Overwinters reliably for early spring harvesting. Does well in an unheated greenhouse in the winter. Harvest entire plant when plants are full and 3-6 inches across. Harvest when ready in the spring, mache bolts quickly when temperatures begin to warm.

  • About the Art

    Beth Haber's collage of translucent papers in muted colors hints at the misty mornings and tender scent of soil thaw that accompany the first greens of spring The top turquoise stripe reminds us of the brightness to come after Mache's season is over.