Variegated Society Garlic 'Silver Lace'

Tulbaghia violacea

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)



Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Anaheim, California

Antioch, California

Ceres, California

Menifee, California

Pomona, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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