Society Garlic: The leaves look like chives and if you walk by a planting of this South African native bulb and brush the foliage, you'll catch a whiff of garlic. The beautiful clusters of lavender-pink flowers have a sweet fragrance, similar to hyacinth perfume. They open up on tall stems from early summer until late fall. Noted for its drought tolerance. Southern gardeners can grow it year-round outdoors; it tolerates summer heat well and blooms for months. The plants do best in full sun.
Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea is a fast growing plant that forms clumps reaching 30 inches in height. This plant grows well in dry circumstances and makes a good rock garden or container plant. The plant has gray-green narrow leaves that are somewhat evergreen in warmer climates. Society Garlic gives off a garlic scent and has been said to help rid gardens of mole problems. The flowers are lilac in color and the plant will bloom from midsummer to early fall