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Tulbaghia violacea (Society garlic)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Tulbaghia violacea

Other names

Society garlic

Genus

Tulbaghia Tulbaghia

Species

T. violacea - T. violacea is a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial with narrow, linear, garlic-scented, grey-green leaves and erect stems bearing large clusters of fragrant, pale purple flowers from midsummer to early autumn.


Tulbaghia violacea is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Leaves smell of garlic

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

Flower

Pale-purple in Summer; Pale-purple in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free. Susceptible to aphids and whitefly if grown under glass.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Tulbaghia violacea (Society garlic) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, loamy, well-drained soil in full sun. In cold areas, protect with a dry winter mulch. Or, grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light. Water freely in growth, less in flower, keep almost dry when dormant.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Tulbaghia violacea

Other names

Society garlic

Genus

Tulbaghia Tulbaghia

Species

T. violacea - T. violacea is a clump-forming, rhizomatous perennial with narrow, linear, garlic-scented, grey-green leaves and erect stems bearing large clusters of fragrant, pale purple flowers from midsummer to early autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Leaves smell of garlic

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.


Colour

Flower

Pale-purple in Summer; Pale-purple in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free. Susceptible to aphids and whitefly if grown under glass.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Tulbaghia violacea (Society garlic) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, loamy, well-drained soil in full sun. In cold areas, protect with a dry winter mulch. Or, grow under glass in loam-based compost in full light. Water freely in growth, less in flower, keep almost dry when dormant.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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(01/03/2011)

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