Purple Stripe garlics are hardnecks and are usually vividly striped with purplish vertical stripes decorating the bulb wrappers, hence their name. In between the purple stripes, their bulb wrappers are usually very white and thick. Coloration is affected by growing conditions, particularly weather and sometimes they are strongly colored and at other times more white than purple. They tend to be rather rich in flavor and not overly hot, and store fairly well. They tend to mature about midway through the local harvest season.Garlic used for seed is generally 2" or greater, while eating garlic can be any size.