‘Common Swiss Rocket’

Rocket / Roquette / Ρόκα


Common Name: Rocket / Roquette / Ρόκα

Scientific Name: Eruca vesicaria sativa


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: semi-shade and full sun

Soil type: well drained, and moist soils of any kind. Tolerates draught but not maritime exposure. pH 5.5 – 7.5

Sowing in nursery: February  

Direct Planting: March/April

Germination: 4 to 6 days after sowing (20 – 25 ºC)

Harvest:  60 days after sowing


Flowers are hermaphrodite.

Pollination: insects

Plant is Self-fertile

Seed preservation: 5 years


Edible Parts: Flowers; Leaves; Seeds

Medicine: Antibacterial;  Antiscorbutic;  Aphrodisiac;  Diuretic;  Rubefacient;  Stimulant;  Stomachic

The leaves are antiscorbutic, diuretic, stimulant and stomachic. The seed is rubefacient and stimulant. The powdered seed possesses antibacterial activity. The oil from the seed is said to have aphrodisiac properties.