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BOTANICAL NAME: Tulbaghia violacea
COMMON NAMES: Society Garlic
FAMILY: 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.

Food: 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.
Ornamental: attractive edging plant for herb and vegetable gardens, the cut flowers last well in water.

Recommended planting time: Divide clumps in spring or autumn.
Planting depth: Cover the tuberous roots with 2 cm of soil.
Plant spacing: Plants should be spaced 20 cm apart.
Growing details: 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.

SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered by residents of Norfolk Island, Tasmania and Western Australia. These restrictions are very important as they prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots, strawberries or tubestock can be sent to South Australia. No tubestock can be sent to Northern Territory.
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