Flowering Now: Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)

This plant is so common in landscaping here in Southern California that most people probably don’t even notice it anymore. These were so bright, so eye-catching that I had to stop and take a photo. They are simple and everywhere but that doesn’t mean they aren’t beautiful, too.

They can be grown as individual clumps or as border edging. Make sure you don’t mind the smell of garlic, though, or you  might not want this in your garden. The leaves and flowers are edible and make a nice addition to salads, if your tastes lean that way.

Society garlic

Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook

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Tulbaghia violacea, also known as society garlic or pink agapanthus, is a species of flowering plant in the onion family Alliaceae, indigenous to southern Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Province), and reportedly naturalized in Tanzania and Mexico.[1

Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) wide, it is a clump-forming perennial with narrow leaves and large clusters of fragrant, violet flowers from midsummer to autumn (fall).[2][3]


When grown as an ornamental, this plant requires some protection from winter frosts. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.[4] — Wikipedia.org

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