Elephant Garlic Flowers

elephant garlic

Elephant garlic is not a true garlic variety (it is actually closer to the lily family or tulip) but is a distant cousin of the onion and garlic in the broad allium genus.  This year our main greenhouse sprouted a volunteer plant from our failed attempt last year to produce viable bulbils from a few bulbs we bought at local nurseries.

To our surprise this rogue appeared a year late but has produced a cluster of small flowers (something uncommon in the garlic world) so we are hoping it produces viable bulbils.  If so, we may be on the road to building up our own elephant garlic stock.

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