A garlic scape is the immature flower of a garlic plant.
All varieties of garlic will produce a scape, but only the hard neck Rocambole type of garlic will produce a scape that curls. The curl of the stem is the reason Rocambole garlic is sometimes called “Serpent Garlic“.
Yesterday I cut the scapes off of my garlic.
By cutting the scapes, the garlic plant’s energy will go to the bulb and not to the flowers and will enable it to produce the biggest possible bulb.
So far it looks like the garlic will be ready to harvest by the middle to end of July.