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Allium Species, Hardneck Garlic, Serpent Garlic 'Rocambole'

Allium sativum

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: sativum (sa-TEE-vum) (Info)
Cultivar: Rocambole
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Category:

Bulbs

Vegetables

Herbs

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

N/A

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Gardeners' Notes:

2
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Positive

On Jul 18, 2007, zest from Horsens,
Denmark wrote:

Allium scorodoprasum is also now as sand leek, giant garlic, Spanish garlic, rocambole. It can be used as regular onion or garlic.

Neutral

On Jul 17, 2003, rusticrobin wrote:

I never get large cloves, but use it anyway. I also use the bulblets at the top for herbal vinegars and salads and cooking.

Last year some of my garlic I harvested and stored after I thought it was dry, but it became moldy. Some years it dries up and is tough, other years it molds in storage.

Positive

On Jan 23, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Rocambole is more ornamental than common softneck garlic; it does not flower, yet its flowering stalk grows in a loop, then produces an enlarged tip that contains many bulblets. These can be planted or eaten. The cloves are larger than the more common softnecked varieties, and are easier to peel.

Plant the cloves in late summer through late winter for a harvest in midsummer.

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