Society Garlic ( Tulbaghia violacea ) / Size 1
Society Garlic / Tulbaghia violacea

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*Availability Status: Available for early order - Shipment after 4/03/2023
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 12" - 16" tall / Gallon size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $7.95

Product Code: SOCGAR1

Tulbaghia violacea 'Society Garlic'

Overall Description

Society Garlic ( Tulbaghia violacea ) is grasslike perennial that is actually native to the grasslands in Southern Africa. It's flattened, blade foliage has a strong garlic scent when crushed or bruised - hence that Society Garlic name. It grows from a tuberous root system, and can sometimes multiply / spread slightly in favorable conditions. The foliage and flower heads are edible, and are oftentimes used in soups and salads.

Green blade foliage extends to height of about 12", and is followed in late spring to early summer by 20" long flower scapes which produce a light pink / purple colored flower head. Flowers are just over an inch in diameter, and consist of six distinct narrow petals. Society Garlic will continue to re-bloom throughout the summer, on into early to mid fall.......depending upon the hardiness zone it is planted in.

In zones 7 - 10, Society Garlic makes a great perennial - it's uses can include borders, accents, mass / group plantings, container gardening, and herb gardens. In cooler climates, it is to be treated as an annual........unless grown in a container, and the container moved to an indoor / sheltered environment for the winter.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 12" - 16" tall ( flowers extend taller )

--Mature Width : 12" ( can occasionally spread slightly with maturity )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
7 - 10 ( Perennial in 7 - 10 / Annual in colder zones )

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun ( blooms are most prolific in full sun )

--Soil Preference :
Rich, light, well drained soil - mulching strongly recommended

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Perennial - green grasslike blades are approx 12" in length. Rather fine textured and tender foliage is deciduous in winter.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - 1/2" to 3/4" - 1" diameter flowers appear in late spring / early summer ( depending upon hardiness zone ). Flowers are 6 petaled, and light pink to lilac in color.

--Diseases / Insects :
No serious pests or problems reported with this variety, although plants can be damaged by snails or slugs if present in large numbers.

--Recommended Spacing :
12" apart recommended for borders or mass plantings.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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