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Tulbaghia Violacea (Tulbaghia)


Tulbaghia Violacea (Tulbaghia)

A long-flowering, sun-loving perennial


Clusters of large, star-like, lilac flowers, which have a slight scent that becomes more pronounced in the evening, top upright stems from midsummer to early autumn. These appear above dense clumps of attractive, grass-like, greyish green leaves. Best grown at the front of a sunny, well-drained border or in a gravel garden, Tulbaghia is often called 'society garlic' as the leaves smell similar to garlic and onions, and can be useful as a pest repellent plant especially when grown under roses.


  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich, loamy soil Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period:July to October
  • Flower colour: lilac
  • Other Features: the leaves smell similar to garlic
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection)
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