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These softnecks do not produce scapes and are among the most productive garlic to grow. They readily develop very large bulbs in a wide range of growing conditions and soils, maturing before many other types. Their bulb wrappers are generally thick and coarse compared to other varieties and are generally white or white-purple. Artichoke cultivars have multiple clove layers (though not as many as Silverskins), the inner cloves generally being smaller than the outer cloves. Artichoke cultivars are typically mild with modest flavor complexity and lack the assertive heat of most garlic. As a group they are less adapted to cold, harsh winters but often adapt well after several seasons(which ours are). Also as a group they store exceptionally long (often a year or more), only exceeded in storage by the Silverskins.