IHAVE noticed in recent weeks in well drained, dry soils, a dainty plant called lamb’s lettuce or common cornsalad. This plant can be easily overlooked as the taller grasses swamp it out as the season progresses, but also the flowers can be covered by the green bracts on the side of the plant as well. The reason for the plant being called lamb’s lettuce is because it either flowers during the lambing season, or that lambs like eating it. Common cornsalad, the other name for the plant, was used in winter salads and is highly rich in minerals, salts and vitamins. The plant itself has small lilac flowers arranged in small clusters at the end the leaf stalks. The stems regularly separate into two and the small plant always looks disjointed. The leaves are opposite on the stem and are rather long and oval in shape. To confuse the issue there are several species of cornsalad, which can only be told by the shape and texture of the seed. They are the smooth fruited, broad fruited and keeled cornsalad, but you have to wait until the plant is at the end of its cycle to find out what species it is.