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Arugula (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)
Arugula (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

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Zones A1-A3, 1-24, H1, H2
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Moderate

Arugula

Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)
Annuals, Vegetables

This weedy-looking Mediterranean native, sometimes called rocket, roquette, or rucola coltivata, is grown for its leaves, which resemble small mustard leaves and lend a nutty zing to green salads. Along with radishes, turnips, and the whole cabbage clan, it’s a member of the cress family. Start from seed in winter or spring; grows best in cool weather. Thin to about 6 in. apart. Harvest tender young leaves; older, larger ones usually taste too sharp. Eventually, plants will shoot up to 3 ft. tall, then bloom; tender buds and flowers taste like the young leaves. Plants reseed. Easy to grow in containers; choose a wide bowl at least 6 in. deep.

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