- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 7 - 11
- Height: 14 inches
- Bloom Season: Mid spring to late summer
- Bloom Color: Purple
- Environment: Ful sun
- Soil Type: Light, sandy soil, pH 5.6 - 7.5
- Temperature: 70F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/8th inch
- Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 3 - 6 inches
Society Garlic (Tulbaghia Violacea) - Start Society Garlic seeds for both an ornamental and a kitchen herb. The Society Garlic plant has a pleasant garlic smell, and the leaves can be chopped like chives and added to salads, soups, and many dishes. Tulbaghia Society Garlic is also a lovely perennial ornamental that blooms for much of the summer. The leaves are 12 inches long and are grayish green and grass-like. Society Garlic flowers are much showier than those of regular garlic and form umbel-like clusters. Grow the Society Garlic herb in the flower garden or herb garden where it contrasts nicely with plants of other colors, textures and habits.
A native of South Africa, Society Garlic is a member of the lily family. Because Society Garlic is tender to frost and damaged at temperatures below 25 degrees, only in USDA zones 7 and above can grow it year-round outdoors. The plants do best in full sun and in light, sandy soil. To grow pots of Society Garlic, cut off spent blooms and keep the soil moderately moist when the flowers are in bloom, dry if the plants become dormant.
How To Grow Society Garlic: For container grown plants, sow Society Garlic seeds in soil that is very porous. A recommended soil mixture is 1 part perlite, 1 part peat moss, and 1 part potting soil. If growing the plants outdoors, amend the soil with organic matter so that it drains well. The Society Garlic plants will rot if the soil retains water. Sow the Society Garlic herb seeds on the soil and lightly cover with 1/8 inch of soil and keep the flower seeds moist until germination.