Society Garlic

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Great in the garden and in the kitchen! 

Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) is a little wisp of a plant that makes a big impact. A handful of strappy leaves – five or six – grow about a foot long from the little bulb. It’s hardly enough to garner a second look. But several of them together can look like a much larger plant. The good news is that they spread rapidly and easily to form these little colonies – or ‘societies’ – and will easily look like a million bucks on your garden.

The leaves have a soft garlic smell. It’s not overpowering like real garlic, but it is there. The flowers aren’t garlic-scented – they can actually smell faintly sweet - but they are pretty. They grow on long, naked stalks about 2’ tall. They are violet colored and grow in umbels of 7 to 20 little florets.

Both the leaves and the flowers are edible and Society Garlic is a joy to use in the kitchen. Chop up the leaves to add a softer garlic taste to stir-fries and soups or use the flowers to bring unexpected color to summer salads.

This plant looks great with other herbs like low-growing rosemary, shrubby thymes or dark-colored basils.

Society garlic is a time-tested flower from South Africa that will do very well in your warm-weather garden. Order several from us today to start your own ‘society’ of Society Garlic.

* Scented leaves
* Easy care
* Pretty violet flowers
* Trusty perennial
* Deer resistant
* Useful in the kitchen
* Spread easily to form small colonies


Society Garlic Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Tulbaghia violacea
Foliage Perennial
Mature Height 1 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Soil Type Loamy, well drained soil
Moisture Water carefully to establish then as needed during dry periods
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green