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SOCIETY GARLIC GROWING INFORMATION
© Frances Michaels
BOTANICAL NAME: Tulbaghia violacea
Alliaceae, the onion family
Society garlic is an attractive ornamental, perennial plant from South Africa. It forms a low growing clump
to 30 cm, with dainty star-shaped, lilac-mauve flowers at the end of long stems. Flowering is over a long
period from October to April. The strap-like grey-green leaves grow from a dense clump. The roots are thick,
white and tuberous. When not in flower it looks similar to garlic chives and the leaves have a similar smell.
The leaves stay green all year. Society Garlic is easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions.
It can cope with heat and drought and is also fairly cold tolerant. It does best in full sun and in well-drained,
sandy soil. They can be grown in containers where space is limited.
the leaves are used chopped in sauces, soups, salads and as a garnish.
The flower buds steeped in vinegar give it a mild garlic flavour and can also be used as a garnish.
They look attractive in salads.
attractive edging plant for herb and vegetable gardens, the cut
flowers last well in water.
Recommended planting time:
Divide clumps in spring or autumn.
Cover the tuberous roots with 2 cm of soil.
Plants should be spaced 20 cm apart.
To divide the clumps, trim the tops, lift them, trim the
roots and separate the pieces. Division every few years improves the vigour of the clumps.
Not to NORFOLK ISLAND, TAS or WA
SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered
by residents of Norfolk Island
. These restrictions are very important as they prevent
the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots, strawberries or tube stock
can be sent to South Australia
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