Eruca vesicaria

Eruca vesicaria

Rocket

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Eruca vesicaria
  • Common name: Rocket
  • Plant type: Annual

Height: 40cm

Spread: 20cm

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Rocket, Eruca vesicaria, is a pungent annual leaf crop popular in salads, grown for its attractive, peppery leaves, edible flowers and spicy seedpods. It's perfect for growing successionally in pots in summer, and you can extend the season by growing under cloches in autumn. 

Sow seed every two weeks from March to September. Harvest leaves when young when their flavour is at its best. Remove flower stalks to prolong leaf production, unless you want to eat the flowers and seedpods too.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Plant
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Harvest
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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