Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic
Over twenty species of Tulbaghia
are native to Africa. Society garlic is native
to southern Africa. The plant has a garlic-like
habit of growth and, when the leaves are crushed, a garlic-like smell. The
slender foliage is evergreen. Violet-colored flowers are held on stalks above
the foliage and are produced over a long season from spring to fall. Due to its
slow growth and low height, a new planting of society garlic is prone to weeds.
See this plant around parking lot 2 near the library.
Herbaceous perennial with leaves to about six to ten inches tall.
Light: full sun
Water: tolerates irrigation, very drought tolerant when established
Soil: well-drained, otherwise no special requirements
This is an easy plant for northeast Florida. Grow it in a sunny, well-drained site.