Tulbaghia violacea

A low-maintenance aromatic bulb which grows in a clump and bears pretty mauve flowers.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.3m x 0.25m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

A tuft-forming bulbous plant with strap-like grey-green leaves that are strongly garlic scented when bruised.   Rounded heads of lilac-pink flowers are borne on long stalks throughout summer.

This plant is very hardy and can withstand drought, heat and bitter cold, making it a wonderful subject for a low-maintenance garden.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.
Discourages snakes as they dislike the smell.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Rocky slopes and cliffs in grassland and near rivers.

MAINTENANCE:
Low-maintenance.
The plants grow better when the clumps remain undisturbed.
Replenish the compost and mulch annually to encourage prolific flowering.
After about 10 years, the clumps may become messy and can be split.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, formal, rockery, water

LANDSCAPING USES:
Plant in small groups in a rockery.
Use it as an edging plant along the front of a formal border or along a pathway.
Stunning, mass-planted to form a groundcover.
The smell can repel aphids, so it can be beneficial planted around a rose bed or vegetable garden.
FLOWERS:
Small rounded heads of mauve flowers are displayed on long stalks (about 40cm tall) above the leaves.
FOLIAGE:
Grey-green strap-shaped leaves form grow in clumps from the base.

FRUIT:
The fruit is a green nutlet borne on the top of the flower stalk. It dries to brown and splits open to release the seeds.
CULTIVATION:
Propagate by dividing larger clumps or from seed. The hard black seeds are best sown in spring in seed trays. Seedlings can be planted out during their second year. Once the clumps that have been divided are planted, they should be left undisturbed for as long as possible. First flowering can generally be expected in the second or third year.

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