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Common Name: Perennial Wall Rocket
Diplotaxis tenuifolia is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Southern and central Europe, possibly including Britain.
Old walls and waste places in S. England, a casual further north[
]. This plant is doubtfully native in Britain[
See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs[
Leaves - raw. Used in salads, they are very strongly flavoured of cress[
]. The leaves have a hot flavour, very similar to rocket (Eruca vesicaria sativa) but more strongly flavoured - they make an excellent addition to a mixed salad but are too strong to be used in quantity on their own[
]. The plant is very productive, producing leaves from early spring until the autumn[
Seed - best sown in situ as soon as it is ripe, though it can also be sown in situ in the spring. The seed usually germinates in the autumn.