Tulbaghia violacea 'John Rider'

Society garlic

Native to South Africa, this bulbous plant is related to onions and all parts are edible. The leaves and flowers have a mild garlic flavour that can be eaten raw whilst the bulbs are used medicinally. 

It's called Society Garlic because Dutch settlers to South Africa found it didn't induce "garlic breath" so was considered more polite to use on social occasions. This may be a myth but it is used in Zulu medicines and cookery today. 

'John Ryder' is one of the hardiest varieties with dark pink buds that open to large pink flowers with a creamy white centre. 

Plant in full sun with sharp drainage. The root ball is large and plants benefit from periodic dividing.

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£ 6.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Alliaceae

Tender perennial

H3

50cm 

15cm 

Light green 

Violet pink 

Well-drained 

Full sun, sheltered

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