Tulbaghia violacea SOCIETY GARLIC –
Forming clumps of attractive narrow, grey-green leaves. In Summer it produces beautiful, lavender purple star shaped flowers on slender stems. An ideal plant for borders, cottage gardens or mixed flower beds. Triangular capsules follow the flowers and split to expel small shiny black seeds. These plants spread by bulb-like rhizomes to form a dense clump. In addition to its spectacular look, the health benefits of society garlic are now widely recognised.
Attractive grassy foliage clump
Tulbaghia violacea SOCIETY GARLIC plants spread by bulb-like rhizomes to form a dense clump. In addition to its spectacular look, the health benefits of society garlic are now widely recognised.
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.
– Height with flowers: 30cm approx.
– Width: 20cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun, Partial Shade.
– Soil: Well Drained, grows very easily in most soils.
– Fragrance: Similar to garlic chives, (not the anti-social odour of garlic)
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Perennial Bulb
– Attracts: Bees and other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Very low maintenance, Dead head flower stems when spent if desired.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Both steer clear of this plant as it has an unpleasant aroma 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.