Just wanted to share the beauty of Eruca sativa currently flowering in my garden. As I was pruning away some excess plants to feed the goats I stopped for a moment and actually looked at the flowers on this annual plant. The fine brown veins in the petals remind me of insect wings and the simple combination of colours is just perfection. As with most things in life, its not until we make the effort to slow down, observe, listen or contemplate that truth is revealed.
Eruca sativa (syn. E. vesicaria subsp. sativa (Miller) Thell., Brassica eruca L.) is an edible annual plant, commonly known as salad rocket, roquette, rucola, rucoli, rugula, colewort, arugula. Eruca sativa, which is widely popular as a salad vegetable, is a species of Eruca native to the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal in the west to Syria, Lebanon and Turkey in the east. The Latin adjective sativa in the plant’s binomial is derived from satum, the supine of the verb sero, meaning “to sow”.
Other common names include garden rocket, or more simply rocket (British, Australian, Canadian, South African and New Zealand English), and eruca. The English common name, rocket, derives from the French roquette, a diminutive of the Latin word eruca, which designated an unspecified plant in the Brassicaceae family (probably a type of cabbage).
Eruca sativa grows 20–100 centimetres (8–39 in) in height. The leaves are deeply pinnately lobed with four to ten small lateral lobes and a large terminal lobe. The flowers are 2–4 cm (0.8–1.6 in) in diameter, arranged in a corymb in typical Brassicaceae fashion; with creamy white petals veined with purple, and with yellow stamens; the sepals are shed soon after the flower opens. The fruit is a siliqua(pod) 12–35 millimetres (0.5–1.4 in) long with an apical beak, and containing several seeds (which are edible). The species has achromosome number of 2n = 22. SOURCE