Randalls Island Park Alliance

Up Close and Personal

In What's in Bloom on April 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

By Phyllis Odessey

We asked the members of the Horticulture staff to go to the gardens and find a plant we could use for up close and personal.  Jean Hurkin-Torres brought back this plant.  Here is a hint to help you identify this plant.  It has pungent leaves.  It’s been known since antiquity.  Some people would say the leaves have a distinct spicy-pungent flavor.  In Mediterranean countries it is used as a salad green.  This is the flower of the perennial form of this plant.  When I was in the UK, friends said “Go out and pick some rocket from the garden.”  When I discovered what they were talking about, the name made sense.  Please use the comments section, to identify this plant.


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