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Botanical Name: Allium sativum
Common Name(s): Garlic
A perennial plant, consisting of a clump of flat leaves, round pinkish flowerheads and a compound bulb divided into cloves, each covered in a white or mottled purple, parchment-like skin. It is a close relative of the onion.
Botanical Pronunciation: AL-ee-um sun-TYE-vum
The plant has round pinkish flowerheads.
A perennial plant, consisting of a clump of flat leaves.
Once the flowers have died down and the foliage starts drying out, the bulbs are ready to be lifted, usually about eight to nine months from planting.
Garlic is a close relative of the onion.
Eurasia, Siberia and North America.
Press individual cloves 30mm deep into well-prepared soil and space them about 80mm apart.
Propagate from cloves planted in autumn and winter.
This plant relies on well-prepared soil.
The bulb is widely used for flavouring salads and meat dishes, and in Mediterranean and Indian cooking.