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Green leafy arugula



General information

  • Eruca sativa, Arugula
  • Brassicaceae family (mustards)
  • Sunlight: full sun. Light shade may help slow bolting.
  • Soil conditions: rich, well-drained soil.
Arugula plants with flea beetle damage in a vegetable garden.
Flea beetle damage on arugula

Successful cultivars

  • Rocket (35 days) Tender, smooth leaves, robust peppery flavor.
  • Red Dragon (45-50 days) Oak shaped leaves with striking maroon veins.


Common pests and disease

  • Flea beetle (pictured here)
  • Downy mildew
  • Root rot
  • Aphids
  • Bacterial leaf spot

This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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