Scientific Name: Tulbaghia violacea Harv.
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Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: 11,13-24, 26-28
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".
Plant the corms of this lovely plant in October, 12 inches apart. Fertilize to enhance blossom.
Blooms mostly in spring and early summer, with occasional blossom during the rest of the year