- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Perfect For
- Pots & Tubs
- Flowering Height
- 45-60 cm
- Bulb Size
- Top Size
- Pinks & Pastels
The dainty, petite umbels of Tulbaghia ‘Violacea’ offer a surprising range of benefits both in the garden and in the kitchen. Clusters of fairy-like violet blooms dance above narrow, grey-green leaves, perfect for edging borders, and adorning rockeries and container displays. Otherwise known as ‘Society Garlic’, all parts of this plant are edible with the potent scent and flavour of chives. The roots are said to possess antibacterial and antifungal properties, boosting soil health alongside plants prone to fungal disease, such as roses. This drought-resistant, half-hardy perennial has been granted an Award of Garden Merit by the RHS for its versatility and high performance.
Grow Tulbaghia outdoors in a sunny, sheltered spot. Great for rockeries, gravel gardens and patio areas. Good drainage is essential.
The bulbs can also be grown in a bright greenhouse or polytunnel, in loam-based compost enriched with organic matter.
Plant bulbs 5-10cm deep, spaced 20-30cm apart in the soil. Provide regular watering whilst in active growth, slowing down hydration once the flowers form and stopping completely over winter.
In colder regions the bulbs will need to be lifted in late autumn and protected in a frost-free place until the following spring. In mild areas a layer of dry mulch after cutting the stems back will suffice as winter protection.