Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae)
Asia and Europe - exact native range is obscure
Moist - not soggy
Full sun - Part shade (afternoon shade in summer)
Light textured; fertile and well-drained
4" Pots: $2.20
6" Pots: $3.50
Clay pots and other planters: Prices Vary
Lobed medium- dark, green leaves intermixed with reddish purple leaves.
Flowers are a creamy white with purple veins
The leaves have a spicy flavor - peppery, mustardy with a hint of nuttiness.
Keeping it Going
Keep the soil evenly moist.
Move to a partially shaded area during hot weather.
Long, hot days and lack of water (bolts and becomes bitter)
History & Points of Interest
Flowers are edible. They taste like a milder version of the leaves.
Arugula wasn't popular as a salad green in the USA until the 1990's.
High in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, iron, folates. It is also an antioxidant.
Roquette isn't as sharp in flavor as the Wild Arugula
The Brassicaceae family includes: alyssum, watercress, broccoli, turnip, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, etc.