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Arugula Eruca sativa

Growing Arugula: Tips at a Glance

Plant arugula in early spring or fall; the leaves, pods, and seeds of this leafy green—also called rocket—are all edible. Arugula likes well-drained soil.

  • Type Vegetable
  • Life Span Annual
  • USDA Zones All
  • Light Sun or some shade
  • Water Regularly
  • When to Plant Cool weather
  • Design Tip Postage stamp garden
  • Companions Squash, carrots
  • Days to Maturity 21 to 40

Arugula: A Field Guide

Arugula is an especially useful plant because the leaves, pods, and seeds of this cool-weather leafy green—also called rocket—are all edible.

Plant arugula in early spring or fall. Flowers will signal the season’s end, though diligent gardeners may prevent bolting and go for a second harvest. Sow from seed, since growth is fast and easy. The younger the leaf, the milder the flavor. Leaves of bolted plants are spicier. In some climates, rocket is hardy enough to survive the winter4. For contrast, try both the mild ‘Astro’ and the spicy ‘Rocket’ varieties.

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