Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea

  • Brings a grassy texture with pretty purple flowers to gardens.
  • It’s drought tolerant once established.
  • Easy to grow in light, sandy soils.
  • Society garlic does best in full sun.

Society garlic, also called pink agapanthus, gets its name from the belief that you won’t get bad breath if you eat it. The leaves can be used in cooking like garlic chives and the bulbs can be used like garlic. Clusters of fragrant, lavender or lilac-colored flowers sit atop stems that rise above the clumps of garlic-scented, grasslike foliage throughout summer and fall. The plants grow up to 2 feet tall when you include the flowers. Society garlic is a tender perennial that is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10.

Common Names: Society Garlic, Pink Agapanthus