Tulbaghia violacea 'John Rider'
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.
The flowering period is ridiculously long in our garden and provided that you plant in full sun with very sharp drainage hardiness does not seem to be an issue.
The root ball is large and plants benefit from dividing every 3-4 years.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Full sun, sheltered
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