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Rocket Salad

Eruca sativa

Unique pungent, peppery flavour

A fast, easy and very rewarding annual herb, with delicious dark green peppery leaves. The creamy yellow flowers are also very attractive and you can eat them too.


Best in part shade, try planting alongside perennials if space is limited or grow in a container.


A fertile, well-drained soil is best. Pick the leaves as needed. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing.

The leaves and flowers are edible and add a pungent peppery flavour to salads. Thought by the Roman's to be an aphrodisiac.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Annual, Herb
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Evergreen No
Plant height 25 cm - 30 cm
Plant width 25 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June

Typically available

From April to September