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West Coast - Wild Arugula

West Coast - Wild Arugula

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Diplotaxis tenuifolia. Imagine - this wild arugula does not bolt all summer long, leaves are held up off the ground and are easy to pick for salads and sandwiches. This open, lacy-leaved plant has a bit more of the well-loved arugula spiciness. Gather leaves all summer. Watch for self-sown seedlings around the parent plant, and gather those leaves in winter. Wild Arugula seeds are very tiny and somewhat slow to germinate, so they are best started in the house or greenhouse and transplanted to the garden when large enough to handle. Set them where they are to grow as they have deep roots.

Matures in 35-50 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

  • Open, lacy-leaved plant
  • Does not bolt all summer
  • Best started indoors
  • Leaves are gathered in winter

How To Grow

Arugula is a productive, cool season, annual salad green that works best in spring and fall, and can be managed all winter under cloche protection. In hot weather, arugula will go to seed. Continue reading below to find out how to grow arugula from seed.