Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)


Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

  • Tropical grass-like effect
  • Stays green all year
  • Delicate-looking head of flowers attract birds and butterflies
  • A must-have in any herb garden!
  • The crushed leaves have been used to repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes

Society Garlic adds wonderful texture and color to a variety of landscapes. They have a variety of landscape uses and we love to plant them clumped together in a border, rock garden, or let them grow in a container and placed wherever you want to add some nice color. Native to South Africa, Tulbaghia violacea (botanical name) is an evergreen, so it can add year round interest. They have a delicate-looking head of flowers that bloom heaviest in the spring and summer, attracting birds and butterflies into your garden. This beautiful light and airy plant will add some much needed curb appeal to any landscape!

Fast growing and easy to care for, Society Garlic loves to grow where there is plenty of full sun exposure. Once established, they have low to moderate watering needs. And while the flowers may resemble delicate spring blossoms, they’re actually quite tough and able to endure bouts of extreme heat and humidity, while still retaining their beauty!

This is one attractive plant that can be used in both urban gardens and rural landscapes. With its grassy foliage and tall flower stems they add great contrast with companion plants that have bold foliage or a dense habit.

An attractive and aromatic plant, their bluish green, very narrow leaves and flowers produce a garlic-like fragrance when crushed or brushed up against. In fact, many people love to use the leaves for cooking, so we also love to plant them in an herb garden. You can even use the crushed leaves to repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes when rubbing the leaves on the skin!


Hardy grassy textured perennial with lilac flowers on short stems

Garlic fragrance helps deter insect pests

Fairly drought tolerant and sun hardy

Pretty accent plant in gardens, corners and around rocks