Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye'

Tulbaghia ‘Purple Eye’

Society garlic

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye'
  • Common name: Society garlic
  • Family: Alliaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Green

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 midsummer to early autumn.

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Tulbaghia ‘Purple Eye’ is a narrow leaved tulbaghia, bearing starry lilac flowers with a deeper purple centre. The flowers are smaller than those of Tulbaghia violacea. It’s perfect for growing in pots or at the front or a sunny, sheltered border. 

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For best results grow Tulbaghia ‘Purple Eye’ 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.

How to grow Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye'

  • Plant size

    40cm height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do Sow in June

Do Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye' and wildlife

Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye' is known for attracting bees. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye' poisonous?

Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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