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Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)


Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

  • An attractive ornamental plant in the Lily family
  • Features very narrow, bluish green leaves
  • Lilac-colored flowers bloom heaviest in spring and summer
  • A pretty, little grassy accent that can add interest and color to landscapes
  • Leaves can be chopped and used in soups, salads, and other culinary uses

Society Garlic, Tulbaghia violacea, is an excellent ornamental plant with bluish green leaves and flower clusters that can add color to any landscape style! In addition to adding interest to gardens, their leaves can be chopped up like garlic chives for use in stir-fries, salads, soups, and more! Native to South Africa, we like to plant these slightly fragrant perennials in beds and borders, rock gardens, courtyards, along pathways, and in any location where a colorful, low-maintenance plant is desired.

These colorful little grassy accents thrive in a location with full sun exposure. Once established, they can have a high drought tolerance with low to moderate water needs. They also have good heat tolerance so that they are ideal for growing in any Southwestern landscape. As a bonus, Society Garlic is virtually pest and disease free! And don’t be fooled by their pretty and delicate appearance, these are tough little plants that can recover quickly from frost damage!

Moon Valley Nurseries has got you covered if you are looking to create a new yard or need to replace damaged plants and trees. We offer a free landscape design consultation at our nurseries so that we can help you with your landscaping goals. We custom grow and nurture everything, and we can assure their quality! Allow us to help you handpick the perfect Society Garlic and the other plants and trees that can enhance any size yard! Let us do the work! We have a professional planting crew that can do all the digging and planting too!


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