Tulbaghia violacea ‘Variegata’ VARIEGATED SOCIETY GARLIC –
Attractive grassy silver/green leaves
Soft silver-green foliage decorated with creamy-white stripes. It blooms in Spring through to Summer with pink/mauve flowers above the foliage on tall stems. Triangular capsules follow the flowers and split to expel small shiny black seeds. Tulbaghia violacea ‘Variegata’ 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.