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Plants of the UNF Campus

Tulbaghia violacea - Society garlic
Family Alliaceae


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.

Care Instructions:

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.

Tulbaghia violacea