Arugula, Rocky

Name                         Arugula (wild) Rocky- heirloom variety

Botanical Name       Diplotaxis tenuifolia

Family                        Brassicaceae (mustard family) includes: watercress,                                        broccoli, turnip, brussel sprouts, alyssum, kohlrabi,                                        etc.

Native to                    Asia and Europe - exact native range is  obscure.


Water                          Moist - not soggy

Sun                             Full sun; part shade

Soil                             Light; fertile; well-drained soil

Height                        8-10"

Width                         10"

Space                         12" 


4" pots: $2.20

6" pots: 3.50

Clay pots and other planters: 

Prices Vary


  • Deeply, lobed medium dark green leaves.

  • Flowers are small, yellow, and are formed on tall spikes that emerge from the center of the plant

Keeping it Going

  • Keep the soil evenly moist.  Arugula will bolt if the soil is too dry.  

  • Move to a partially shaded area in hot weather

Won't Tolerate

  • Frost

  • Long, hot, days and lack of water.

History & Points of Interest

  • Taste is spicy.  A mix between peppery and mustardy with a hint of nuttiness.

  • Wild arugula has a sharper flavor than Arugula Roquette

  • Flowers are edible and are slightly milder in flavor than the leaves

  • High in vitamin A, C, K, calcium, iron, and folates.  It is also an anti-oxidant

  • Wasn't used as a salad green in the USA until the 1990's.

  • The Brassicaceae family includes: alyssum, watercress, broccoli, turnip, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, etc.

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