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Annual Wall Rocket

A garden escape that can be found along pavements and road gutters as well waste places.


Annual Wall Rocket (Diplotaxis muralis) is a native of southern Europe that has become naturalised in this country and as a result tends to be found near human habitation where it has escaped from gardens. You can find it along pavements and road gutters as well waste places where it needs virtually no soil. It particularly likes sunny spots in the shelter of walls from which it derives the 'wall' in its name.

The flowers distinctively indicate this is a member of the cabbage family, the crucifereae, having four petals in the form of a cross. It has a distinctly unpleasant smell when bruised apparently (I have not put this to the test) which gives it is alternative name of stinkweed!


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Common Name Annual Wall Rocket
Alternative Name(s) Stinkweed
Scientific Name Diplotaxis muralis
Family Cabbage family - Cruciferae
Status Rare
Interest Level
Related Species - CLICK TO VIEW Cabbage Family - Crucifereae
Flower Colour Group Yellow
Flower Visible
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Look for Small plant cowering by walls!

This species is often found in these habitats:

Name of species Annual Wall Rocket
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