Garden Rocket - Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativus

Alternative names
Eruca sativa

Annual, pinnately lobed leaves, white/cream petals with characteristic violet veins; the outer two petals pouched at the base.  Fruit with a flattened, seedless beak. 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Provide good quality photograph of the whole plant, and details of flowers and fruits.  


Waste land, cultivated land

UK Status

Often grown for salad leaves, and increasingly found as an escape from cultivation

VC55 Status

Not known

Further Information

Stace, C. (2019) New Flora of the British Isles (4th edn.). C & M Floristics

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
31/05/2023 (Pugh, Dylan)
Last record:
31/05/2023 (Pugh, Dylan)

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