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Tulbaghia violacea

The genus Tulbaghia is made up of a couple of dozen species of clumping, rhizomatous or bulbous perennials from southern Africa. Leaves are long and narrow and have an aroma of onions or garlic. Umbels of starry, tubular, purple or white flowers bloom from late spring to fall and can be fragrant. Use in a border, rock garden, or cool greenhouse.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsStrappy, fragrant leaves. Umbels of dainty flowers over a long period.

CareIn the garden, site in full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile, loamy soil. Indoors, grow in full light and water freely during growth. Reduce water when in flower and keep almost dry when dormant.

PropagationDivide or sow seed in a cold frame in spring.

ProblemsAphids, whiteflies, root rots, leaf spots, Southern blight.

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