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Tulbaghia violacea

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
tul-BAG-ee-uh vy-oh-LAH-say-uh
Description

A tender perennial in the Amaryllidaceae family. Leaves and rootstock have a strong garlic smell when bruised, hence the common name.  The plants have good drought and heat tolerance but do best with adequate moisture during the growing season.  In cooler regions, they grow as annuals in patio or deck containers.  Or they can be brought indoors to overwinter.  They can survive the winter in the ground if provided with protection and adequate mulch. They work well in rock or herb gardens or planted along borders and edges.  This plant is moderately salt tolerant.

The edible flowers have an oniony to peppery flavor and may be eaten raw or cooked.

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Early Summer to Fall

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problem. Slugs and snails may damage the foliage.

Plants this may be confused with: Garlic chives Allium tuberosum 

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Backyard Grouping Tropical Look Garden Backyard Grouping Tropical Look Garden Sun to Shade Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#container plant#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#herb garden#deck#rock gardens#borders#patio planting
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#container plant#fragrant leaves#salt tolerant#herb garden#deck#rock gardens#borders#patio planting
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tulbaghia
    Species:
    violacea
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Edibility:
    Flowers and leaves are edible (mild garlic flavor), and may be used in soups and salads.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Ground Cover
    Perennial
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Flowering stalks are 20” tall bearing terminal umbels of sweetly fragrant lilac-pink flowers. Each small flower (3/4” long) has a tubular corona spreading to an open star with six pointed tepals.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Heat
    Salt