Marbled Purple Stripe Group

Hardneck – Strongly Bolting

At one point Glazed Purple Stripe and Marbled Purple Stripe cultivars were included in the same Group as Standard Purple Stripes. It is now believed that the cultivars of these three groups have distinct differences and far from being sub-groups of Purple Stripe, they are actually as genetically different as all the other Groups. It is a pity that the Group names were not changed to reflect these differences and reduce confusion.

General Information

Flavour Good flavour, but hot and more sulphurous than Purple Stripe
Storage Medium
Growing location Cooler parts of NSW and Vic, Tasmania
Growing requirements Cold climates, and warmer climates with cold winters and warm spring, but not too hot or humid summers.
Planting and harvest Late planting and late harvest.


Shape Symmetrical globe.
Skin colour and texture Strong white skins that are more mottled than striped purple. Colouring not usually as distinct as Turban Group.


Number and layout Generally 4-7 in single layer, fewer than Purple Stripe.
Size and shape Large, fat and chunky.
Skin colour and texture Bronze-brown cloves. Peel easily.


Size and shape Very tall
Leaves Wide
Matures Late.
Scape Thick, variable scapes; some curl strongly before straightening, others are weaker. Cut scapes to promote bulb size.
Umbel and beak ?
Bulbils and flowers Numerous medium, purple bulbils (10-50) and flowers