Bunias orientalis - L.
Common Name Turkish Rocket, Turkish wartycabbage
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A weed of cultivated and waste ground[50, 200].
Range N. America. Europe - Caucasus, S. Russia. Naturalized in Britain[17].
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

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Bunias orientalis Turkish Rocket, Turkish wartycabbage

Bunias orientalis Turkish Rocket, Turkish wartycabbage
Physical Characteristics
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Bunias orientalis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.


Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves and young stems - raw or cooked[17, 61, 105, 177, 183]. The young leaves have a mild cabbage flavour that goes very well in a mixed salad, though some people find them indigestible[K]. The leaves are a bit hairy so we find them less than wonderful when eaten raw on their own[K]. The cooked leaves make an excellent vegetable[K]. The leaves are available early in the year, usually towards the end of winter, and the plant will continue to produce leaves until late autumn, with a bit of a gap when the plant is in flower[27, K]. Flower buds and flowering stems - raw or cooked[264]. A pleasant mild flavour with a delicate sweetness and cabbage-like flavour, they make an excellent broccoli substitute though they are rather smaller[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
A very easily grown plant, it succeeds in any soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Plants have also been seen growing exceedingly well in the dappled shade of a woodland garden[K]. Plants are quite tolerant of neglect, growing well amongst long grass on our Cornish trial ground[K]. The young spring growth can be quite badly damaged by slugs, though more mature plants grow away so quickly that this does not seem to be a problem[K].
Seed - sow April in a cold frame. Germination is usually very quick and good. Prick out the seedlings into pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. The seed can also be sown in situ in the spring, though the seedlings are rather prone to slug damage[K]. Division in spring. Quick and easy. Root cuttings 2 - 5cm in length succeed at any time during the growing season, though early spring as the plant comes into growth is best[K]. If the top 7 - 10cm of the plant is removed to supply root cuttings and divisions, the roots remaining in the soil usually regrow very quickly[K].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Bunias erucagoCorn Rocket, Crested wartycabbage30


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Klaus Dichtel   Sat Sep 4 13:50:06 2004
Hi, just come back from the pfaf-garden in Cornwall. I ate quite a lot turkish rocket. Ken writes above:"The young leaves have a mild cabbage flavour that goes very well in a mixed salad, though some people find them indigestible[K]" - well, at first they are HOT. That differs from plant to plant but some are so hot that a 5cm²-part of a leaf is enough to give a mustardlike, hot flavour to the whole meal. When the leaf is cooked, the sharpness is gone.
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