Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)


Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

Enroll your landscape into the curb appeal society, it is simple when you plant this pretty little grassy accent plant known by its common name, Society Garlic. By its botanical name, Tulbaghia violacea, you can pretty much figure out that it partly refers to the dainty heads of lilac-pink flowers, which happen to be growing on stalks that rise above its blue-gray-green foliage clumps. And that’s not all, garlic lovers will love to brush up against the plant because it gives a garlic-like fragrance. It’s a feast for all the senses as it adds wonderful color and texture to any landscape, especially when used in a mixed border!

A native of South Africa, Society Garlic plants have a fast growth rate and love to grow where there’s full sun exposure. It’s an easy care plant, requiring low to moderate watering needs once established and people that prefer a neat appearance can prune old foliage and flowers before the new growth emerges. It is also a drought tolerant plant and since it can adapt to most soils, it has become a staple in Southern California landscapes. It’s an evergreen perennial that can bloom year round, with the heaviest bloom occurring from spring to fall.

If you’re ready for a yard makeover, come visit us and speak with one of our landscape design experts. We can show you what we can do with your front yard and backyard and show you the many ways that Society Garlic’s dramatic foliage can add interest to any size landscape.

  • Pretty accent plant
  • Grassy foliage and tall flower stems
  • Showy flowers
  • Fragrant when brushed up against – helps to deter insect pests
  • Wonderful contrast with companion plants that have bold foliage or a dense habit
  • The flowers and leaves are edible raw
  • Low maintenance plant
  • Year round interest
  • Attracts butterflies


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