Purple Stemmed Arugula (Colorado Naturalized)
Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa
Origin: Carbondale, Colorado
Improvement status: Cultivated material
Seeds per packet: ~500
Germination tested 11/2023: 96%
Life cycle: Annual
A beautiful, purple-stemmed arugula with diverse leaf shapes and exceptional vigor. Resists bolting and grows quickly, allowing it to out-compete weeds. It also has a delicious flavor. This arugula is excellent for both the veggie garden or more perennial-based agroecological plantings. In some parts of the country it might even overwinter successfully, but it will readily self-seed in most soil. Direct-sow for a cut and come again crop. Our seed came from Casey Piscura of Wild Mountain Seeds.
GROWING TIPS: In early spring direct seed 1/4 inch deep. Plants could be 3-10 inches apart depending what you are going for. Could also be planted late summer for fall harvest.