The Creole group is well suited to hot southern growing climates and is tolerant of early season heat and drought. Many of the Creole cultivars in circulation in the United States originated in Spain. Creoles thrive in hot, southerly climates. They do not grow as well in more northerly climates, typically yielding small bulbs. Even in ideal growing environments Creole bulbs are only moderate in size, but their quality more than compensates. Creole cultivars typically bolt in the temperate growing regions of North America, but the bolting impulse is not as insistent as it is with the strongly and steadfastly bolting cultivars such as Purple Stripes or Rocamboles. Creoles are very beautiful. The clove skins are very vividly and deeply colored, in a range of shades of red and purple. Creoles store exceptionally well. They have a reputation as “sweet” tasting garlics, particularly after lengthy storage, though some cultivars can be quite hot as well.


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