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PlantFiles: Hardneck Garlic, Rocambole, Serpent Garlic
Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon 'Siberian'

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: sativum var. ophioscorodon
Cultivar: Siberian

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the bulb's scales

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kmom246 On Sep 15, 2007, kmom246 from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Here in the High Desert, even during the "drying out" period prior to harvest, the garlic will need a little supplemental watering. This garlic survived winter temps down to 0*F with no mulch and summer temps up to 110*F without blinking. Bulb size was excellent, and easily as large as the seed bulbs that I purchased. This variety out performed both all the softnecks and all of the hardnecks that I grew, although the perfermance difference was smaller between it and the other hardnecks. This was my number one producer from the 2006 planting.

I don't have a very sophisticated pallet, so I can't really judge it against the taste of other garlic I grew - except to say it was, as were the others, MUCH stronger, spicier and picant than any store bought one I've ever tasted. This one was particularly spicey - nearly Hot. I loved it.

Neutral berrygirl On Feb 28, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of the best and most popular garlics. Huge bulbs, good full flavor, not overpowering. As you peel away the bulb wrappers, the color changes from white to almost purple. Hardneck, 4-7 cloves per bulb.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Blockton, Iowa
Lexington, Kentucky
Rogers, Minnesota
Marshall, Missouri
Silver Springs, Nevada
Elgin, Texas

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