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Some sources consider Marbled and Glazed Purple Stripes to be a subgroup of Purple Stripe while others consider them to be separate horticultural groups of their own. Either way, all three groups are definitely distinctive in character, clove number and flavour.

Marbled Purple Stripes represent a good compromise between a Purple Stripe and a Porcelain garlic. They have cloves that approach the size of a Porcelain and yet have more flavour complexity and store longer. Their flavour is not as overtly sulfurous as a Porcelain and contains more depth; although some Marbled varieties can take on a starchy texture when cooked. Marbled Purple Stripes are particularly well-suited to climates with severe winters. They have 4 to 7 cloves per bulb and larger and fewer bulbils per capsule. They typically store better than Porcelains and Purple Stripes (5-8 months).

The Glazed Purple Stripes are a small grouping of garlics which are most distinguished by their unique colour. Bulb and clove colours are a beautiful purple tinged with a metallic sheen of gold and/or silver. While bulbs colouration is heavily influenced by environmental factors, members of this group have been shown to be genetically distinct. Bulbs are somewhat squat in shape and contain a few more cloves on average than Marbled Purple Stripes but fewer than the Standard Purple Stripes.


A beautiful Glazed Purple Stripe with a satiny silver finish from Czech Collection of Dr. Boris Andrst, Port Jefferson, New York, via Filaree Farms.


A beautiful Marbled Purple Stripe, Duganskij stores well and has a bold, true flavour.

Gaia’s Joy

From Boundary Garlic: Gaia's Joy came from Poland via the Plant Introduction Station at Washington State University.


Metechi is a well-known, late-maturing Marbled Purple Stripe with a few large fat cloves. Good storability. Some describe it as having a hot strong flavour.

Purple Glazer

Red Rezan

Collected by Dr. Klaus Pistrick south of Moscow; although historically listed as a Glazed Purple Stripe, some question its classification. Good all round garlic flavour, if a little mild.


Very popular garlic producing large bulbs with quite large cloves. Some describe it as fairly hot in flavour. Stores well.

Wenger’s Russian

Wenger's Red Russian comes from Bob Klappstein via Boundary Garlic. Beautiful well-sized bulbs with stout cloves.

A Glazed Purple Stripe containing fat cloves with almost satiny wrappers. It was originally called Mchadidzhvari #1 for its town of origin in the Republic of Georgia.



A Russian Marbled Purple Stripe garlic with a strong flavour and great heat when eaten raw.


Our on-line shopping cart has been activated for garlic seed sales. As we are actively inventorying this year’s crop, availability of stock and varieties will continue to be updated as our work progresses ~ please check periodically!

Our seed bulbs sizes are as follows:

Teeny Tiny Ten-Pack: combo

A tasters-pack of three different garlic varieties. Bulbs are 1.5”>1.75”, a wonderful way to introduce some new faces to your collection!

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