The Q&A Archives: Society Garlic

Question: I recently purchased a plant called Society Garlic, and am trying to find out info about it. Apparently it can only be used as a landscape cover, but am unsure of it's use. It has a small purple bloom, and currently grows in large clumps.
Are there any other uses than as an ornamental? May it be cut/pruned for any other use?

Answer: Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) is a perennial that grows in pleasing clumps, eventually about 1 foot by 1 foot. It shouldn't be pruned. It makes a great edging plant in flower beds, with it's straplike foliage shape and colors (some varieties have varigated leaves), as well as its delicate bloom. It takes full sun and regular water and will stay evergreen in mild climates. Flowers are edible and can be tossed into salads for a light garlic/onion flavor. Leaves can be used like garlic chives. Enjoy your plant!

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