Ail de Pays du Gers

Creole Group Hardneck – Weakly Bolting

This garlic is not the same as the garlic of this or similar names in countries other than Australia. It can only be tracked back as far as Garlic Farm Sales in the mid 1990s. It is now grown in SA for Digger’s.

General Information

Other Names Pays du Gers, Ail de Gers
International Names None known.
Flavour Hot and spicey when raw, and still spicey when cooked.
Storage Long to 12 months.
Growing location Like other Creoles this garlic grows best in hot dry regions such as Northern SA and Victoria, Southern NSW and central WA. It also does well in Tasmania.
Growing requirements It will grow in most regions but doesn't like high humidity, and does best in regions with hot, dry spring and summer.
Planting and harvest Plant mid season, harvest mid season and late.


Small to medium globe with a concave base. 5-5.5 cm.
Skin colour and texture
Solid, strong white skins with a pink blush showing through when first harvested, but curing to white.


Number and layout
9-13 cloves in one or two layers.
Size and shape Tall cloves with a sharply angled inner surface. 2.5-3 cm tall x 1-1.5 cm wide, they are slightly wider from the centre to the outside than the Rojos and Dynamite Purple.
Skin colour and texture
Red purple with cream stripes from the base


Size and shape
Typical Creole, tall and slender with mid green to blue-green leaves.
Leaves Leaves usually upright and angled about 40° from the pseudostem; lower, older leaves will bend down from the middle.
Young plants
  • Young Ail de Pays du Ger
Slender and upright.
Matures Matures slowly and deliberately.
Scape Relatively strong scape although still classed as weakly bolting. Forms and upside-down U.
Umbel and beak Slender small umbel with a long beak
Bulbils and flowers No flowers. 50 or more rice grain sized bulbils, pointy at both ends, red and white.