Tulbaghia violacea

Society Garlic

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Ground Covers / Perennials

Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Small

Mature Height & Spread: 12-14" x 1-2'

Natural Growth Habit: Clumping

Native To: Africa

Exposure: Full Sun

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Lavender

Bloom Time: Spring, Summer

Special Features: Deer Resistant / Drought Resistant / Edible / Fragrant / Seacoast Conditions

Container Sizes: #1, #5

Sunset Garden Zones: 13-24

A Bit More

A recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, Tulbaghia violacea continues to be a garden favorite. Known as Society Garlic, this low, clump-forming perrenial has narrow, grass-like leaves that smell slightly of garlic when crushed. Spring through Summer, delicate clusters of light-purple flowers bloom atop 20” wands. Native to moist grasslands and riparian areas of southern Africa, Tulbaghia’s tuberous roots desire regular water and can even tolerate shallow, standing water. Once established, however, Tulbaghia can withstand sustained periods of drought. Use caution when specifying this in a landscape, as some find the smell of this plant intolerable. Its smell is deterrent for dogs, cats, deer and other pests and is useful in edible gardens. Plant Society Garlic in sun or partial shade.

A Bit More

A recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, Tulbaghia violacea continues to be a garden favorite. Known as Society Garlic, this low, clump-forming perrenial has narrow, grass-like leaves that smell slightly of garlic when crushed. Spring through Summer, delicate clusters of light-purple flowers bloom atop 20” wands. Native to moist grasslands and riparian areas of southern Africa, Tulbaghia’s tuberous roots desire regular water and can even tolerate shallow, standing water. Once established, however, Tulbaghia can withstand sustained periods of drought. Use caution when specifying this in a landscape, as some find the smell of this plant intolerable. Its smell is deterrent for dogs, cats, deer and other pests and is useful in edible gardens. Plant Society Garlic in sun or partial shade.