Another Turban that has taken time to adapt, but now Shandong Purple is my favorite of the whole family, forming absolutely beautiful glazed-pottery-esque bulb papers. I started with 20 plants- 19 died in the first winter. I carefully tended the one survivor, a runt that hadn’t sprouted as vigorously before the north winds of the polar vortex whacked us. The one survivor grew to a single round that summer. I planted the round, and got one sturdy, beautiful plant that I let go to scape. I planted the 7 cloves and the 5 bulbils and got exactly 12 gorgeous plants with beautiful bulbs as described. I’m continuing to expand it because I think we’ve broken past the hard stage and now we’re on the path to a resilient Northeast Turban strain.