Rose de Lautrec
Umbels and bulbs


Rose de Lautrec

Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Personality profile: Tradition and dignity define Rose de Lautrec, which hails from a tiny southern Provence in France. Can you hear the accordion's bellow...and smell the rich aromas of coffee and the Mediterranean Sea? This is an outstanding choice for pesto, the best possible choice for garlic butter, the raison d'etre for Cordon Bleu.

Name: Rose de Lautrec is a name which actually refers to the Creole garlic grown within a very limited region in southern France. There are 4 different Creole cultivars that can legally be named Rose de Lautrec if they are grown within that region. Those cultivars are Iberose, Goulurose, Edenrose and Jardirose. We are not certain which of those four cultivars we have.

Cloves: Averages 10 cloves per bulb that are relatively uniform in size. Colors are deep, rich reds and purples, making them one of the more beautiful garlics to look at.

Bulbils: Medium to small bulbils numbering around 50 to 75 per umbel. However, scape and umbel production is not consistent in our northern climate. When a scape does form, it is more droopy than loopy, lazily lying across its own leaves before standing erect.

Growing: More suited to warm southerly climates in general but we're attempting to acclimate this variety to the north. Creoles tolerate drought and heat very well so they help to diversify a garlic crop in case of unexpected weather conditions.

Harvest: Typically harvests around mid-season but this may vary in our northern climate.

Storage: Stores exceptionally well, and since the Creoles are renown for their unique sweetness and character this makes it all the more enticing to experiment with growing and acclimating them to our Canadian climate. Expect 6-8 months.

Pedigree: Came to us via Boundary Garlic.