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PlantFiles: Variegated Society Garlic
Tulbaghia violacea 'Silver Lace'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tulbaghia (tul-BAG-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: violacea (vy-oh-LAH-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Silver Lace
Additional cultivar information: (aka Variegata)

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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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7 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive annsg On Jun 5, 2011, annsg from Apollo Beach, FL wrote:

Society garlic is one of my go-to plants here in 9b, very low-maintenance and looks great clumped together in groups. I use it in front of taller, evergreen shrubs with annuals planted in front of it, but looks great as a border on its own. Does well in mostly full sun and our sandy soil.

Positive aasalas On May 7, 2011, aasalas from Lewes, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:

The local nursery sells this as a marginal water plant, and sells it in perforated pots sitting in water. It likes a very high- nutrient soil, like other garlics, so we dropped two quart pots in our small (35-gallon) outdoor fish pond. We also have planted the pond with immersed plants, but we think these, with their high nutrient requirements, were instrumental last year in sucking the nitrogen from the pond to slow algae growth. We had little to no algae, and the pond gets direct sun for about 1/2 day.

Positive flot On Apr 21, 2008, flot from Valley Center, CA wrote:

We have had this plant growing around our garden shed for 6 years. Easy to propagate by division anytime of the year. As to keeping rabbits away...we have rabbits living under the shed.
Valley Center,CA. Zone 9.

Positive sunbrn On Oct 26, 2006, sunbrn from Wilson, NC wrote:

A well-behaved clumping plant in this zone (7b) in our somewhat sandy soil. Flowers from May to November. Evergreen.

Positive angelam On Apr 29, 2004, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

I was unaware of the dislike of clay. It is in my clay,on a slope and has flowered all Summer and well into Autumn.
The variegation gives the plant a lovely light look even when not blooming.

Positive astanton On Nov 9, 2003, astanton from Anaheim, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I bought this plant today because I was told that its smell (odor is more descriptive of it--it does not smell like garlic, it smells more like rotten eggs until you crush a leaf and that then smells like garlic) chases rabbits and other rodents away in several feet radius. I hope it works! In Southern California this plant is in fashion now and you can seldom see a yard without it! It does look very pretty, I must admit.

Positive philomel On Jul 31, 2003, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am told this plant likes to have good drainage, so I haven't risked letting it loose in my clay soil, but am growing it in a pot. It seems happy with this and is growing well.
A feature of the plant is the strong garlic/onion scent to the leaves - hence its common name. This is not obvious unless the leaves are crushed however.

It is a very attractive plant with a light and airy character


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anaheim, California
Antioch, California
Ceres, California
Sacramento, California
Santee, California
Sonoma, California
Valley Center, California
Wildomar, California
Apollo Beach, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Lithia, Florida
Osprey, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Wilson, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Alvin, Texas
Austin, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Bryan, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
Suffolk, Virginia

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