Herbs & Plants

Tulbaghia violecae

Botanical Name: Tulbaghia violecae
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asparagales
Genus: Tulbaghia
Species: T. violacea

Common Names: Pink agapanthus, Wild garlic, Sweet garlic, Spring bulbs, or Spring flowers.

Habitat: Tulbaghia violecae is native to southern Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Province), and reportedly naturalized in Tanzania and Mexico. These species inhabit rocky grasslands and stream banks in semi-desert to boggy areas.

Tulbaghia violecae is a clump-forming perennial flowering plant with narrow strap-like grey-green leaves and large clusters of fragrant, violet flowers from midsummer to autumn (fall). It grows up to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) wide. The leaves and rootstocks have a strong garlic smell when bruised,


When grown as an ornamental, this plant requires some protection from winter frosts. This species and the cultivars ‘Purple Eye’ and ‘Silver Lace’, with cream-margined leaves, have all gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. Treatment of seeds with a smoke solution has been shown to increase the leaf mass and height of T. violacea seedlings. Seeds exposed to aerosol smoke was also shown to lead to a higher seedling survival percentage.

Propagation: Through seeds.

Edible Uses:
Tulbaghia violacea leaves are eaten as a substitute for chives and garlic. In South Africa, Zulu people eat the leaves and flowers as a leaf vegetable like spinach or for seasoning meat and potatoes.

Medicinal Uses:
Tulbaghia violacea is used locally as a herbal remedy/medicine to treat several ailments.Due to increasing evidence of its potential as an antifungal agent, large-scale commercialization is anticipated. However, this may make the Tulbaghia genus threatened as it is susceptible to overuse.

Other Uses:
*The flowers attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinating insects.
*Discourages snakes because they dislike the smell.
*Plant around roses and vegetable gardens because the smell can also repel aphids.
*Tulbaghia is a very hardy plant and can withstand drought and bitter cold making it an ideal addition to a low maintenance garden.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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