Tulbaghia violacea

Society garlic

Tulbaghia violacea is a vigorous rhizomatous perennial plant that grows upright tufts of narrow onion-scented grey-green leaves and, in late summer into autumn, dense heads of pale purple/lilac fragrant flowers

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Expert tip

The Society Garlic is an ideal plant for coastal gardens as it has a high tolerance to salty terrains and sea breeze.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Society garlic is well suited to growing in the arid or Mediterranean style garden adding valuable colour late in the season. It isn’t reliably hardy throughout the UK, benefitting from a deep mulch of gravel, but where it can be grown it is a trouble-free plant, spreading each season to make big clumps.

Plant trivia

Though named "garlic" and in certain circumstances the leaves of the Tulbaghia may be considered edible, adverse effects may be present (upset stomach etc) due to high concentration of sulphur compounds found in the plant.