Heads of soft pink stars to 15cm. Float above neat clumps of very fine grey-green foliage. Grows in Sun to 1/2 Shade. Very hardy clump suitable for seaside gardens or areas of poor soil. Tulbaghia cominsii PINK STARS copes well with hot and dry, and also frosty conditions. Low water need. Insect repelling plant, and used as a companion plant for roses, and in vegetable and fruit gardens.
Tough as tough can be
This is a popular perennial that is useful for difficult, dry and arid spots of the garden as it will tolerate prolonged drought, although it flourishes with regular watering.
Growing: Tulbaghia cominsii
– Height with flowers: 30cm approx.
– Width: 20cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun as well as Partial Shade.
– Soil: Grows very easily in most soils but must be well drained.
– Fragrance: Similar to garlic chives (not the anti-social odour of garlic)
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Perennial Bulb
– Attracts: Bees and also other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: VThis plant requires next to no work, Can dead head flower stems when spent if desired but isn’t necessary.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Both steer clear of this plant because the aroma is unpleasant to these pests.
– Origin: Native to South Africa.
– History: Tulbaghia’s named after Ryk Tulbagh (died 1771), governor of the Cape of Good Hope, and violacea means violet-coloured.