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Society Garlic
Scientific Name: Tulbaghia violacea Harv.
Family: Alliaceae
Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 11,13-24, 26-28
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Semi hardy in Phoenix

Heat Tolerance: Excellent

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: South Africa

Growth Habits: Clump forming, up to 2 feet tall

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds or divisions

Evergreen leaves of the Society Garlic are narrow, looking like onion leaves, and have an onion smell when bruised. This smell is the reason why society garlic flowers are not ideal as cut flowers. The name of society garlic comes from the fact that, supposedly, although its taste is close to real garlic, it doesn't give bad breath.
The species name "violacea" comes from the Latine for "violet".

Cultural Practices:
Plant the corms of this lovely plant in October, 12 inches apart. Fertilize to enhance blossom.

Blooming Habits:
Blooms mostly in spring and early summer, with occasional blossom during the rest of the year

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