Arugula/Wild Rocket


This packet sows up to 280 feet.
3.6666666666667 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Wild perennial arugula has a slightly stronger, more complex flavor and is slower growing than other arugula. Its peppery flavor adds a zing to salads but it is also delicious on pizza or as a pesto. Harvest as baby greens or grow to full size. A good container variety, and the flowers are edible, too! Recipe inside packet for wild arugula and walnut pesto.
$1.99 500 mg (~1,600 seeds)

Botanical Name: Diplotaxis tenuifolia

Days to Maturity: 30–50 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Asia and Europe

Plant Dimensions: 12"–24" tall at maturity

Variety Information: 2"–6" dark green, deeply lobed leaves with four to ten small lateral lobes and a large terminal lobe. Shaped much like an elongated oak leaf, with a distinct red midrib and veins. Flavor can be described as rich and peppery. Edible flowers are yellow.

Attributes: Good for Containers

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 40°F; ideally 50°–70°F. Successive Sowings: Every 3 weeks until 4 to 6 weeks before your average first fall frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for winter harvest.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended.

Days to Emerge: 10–15 days

Seed Depth: ¼

Seed Spacing: A group of 6 seeds every 6"

Thinning: When ½" tall, thin to 1 every 6"

Harvesting: For the mildest, best-tasting baby greens, pick leaves when 2"-"4" long. Pick individually or cut off the plant at ground level. For the best flavor, harvest before plant begins to flower, unless you plan to eat the flowers.

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Arugula/Wild Rocket Reviews

3 reviews


5 out of 5 stars Jul 12, 2020
Growing beautifully in a window box. Tastes great
Linda Thomson-Clem from MA

Wild Arugula

1 out of 5 stars Sep 11, 2020
I have loved this plant in Colorado, a friend grows it wild, all over the garden, so I tried it in Oregon and had absolutely no luck with this lovely arugula plant. I imagined, being a wild and hardy plant that it would take off and just grow, wherever it landed, much like the regular arugula plants I have tossed seeds here and there with. But it barely germinated, and the flimsy seedlings seemed to be affected by everything, by shade, by sun, by the cold, by water, by absence of water. They did not develop leaves, and just faded, withered and died . . . very disappointing . . .
SLK from OR
Owner Response: Hello, Like your friend, we absolutely love this wild, perennial, arugula too! It is normal for seedlings to be extra sensitive to growing conditions that are less than ideal, like drought, shade, and so on. We sure hope you find a sunny spot, with rich soil, and full sun to try this fun edible perennial again. Happy gardening!

Good performer indoors and out

5 out of 5 stars Sep 2, 2021
I grew this for the first time this year, indoors in late winter and outdoors when it warmed up. I sowed it in pots. Germination is good, it thrives wherever I put it, and it's tasty.
Lynne from IL

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