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Allium sativum

Garlic, Allium sativumOnce upon a time I was told that an easy way to control aphids on rose bushes is to plant garlic at the base of the rose.  So, I went the grocery store and bought a bulb of garlic.  Sure enough it worked.  And I get the bonus of these big, beautiful flower heads.  (You probably don't want them in an indoor display though.)

Garlic, Allium sativumHere's an idea of how large garlic plants get, from bulb to flower head.  Notice the twisted and deformed garlic that got tangled with some vines as it was growing.

Garlic, Allium sativumThis is the cluster of  "cloves", each an individual bulb which can be separated and planted for next year.  They are also the cloves listed in the cooks recipe.  Modern garlic does not produce viable seed, for millennia garlic has been cloned (reproduced asexually) from an ancient ancestor.

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