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Tulbaghia violacea


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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


Tulbaghia violacea

Plant details

Tulbaghia violacea is a clump-forming perennial with a strong garlic smell, earning it its American common name of Society garlic. The smell comes from the crushed leaves or flower stems, making it unsuitable for use as a cut flower. However, apart from the garlic smell, the plant is worth growing for its beautiful large heads of lavender blooms held on tall stems from mid-summer to early autumn.

Fir best results grow Tulbaghia violacea in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. In colder regions plants may need protection from frost – alternatively grow in containers which you can move indoors in autumn.

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Tulbaghia

Species: violacea

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 55cm

Spread: 25cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: June to September

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