Tricolor Variegated Society Garlic
Tulbaghia violacea 'Tricolor'
Tricolor Variegated Society Garlic flowers
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Plant Height: 12 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Pink Agapanthus
A very ornamental variety with variegated pink, green, and white foliage that has a garlic odor and can be used in salads and cooking; not quite as cold hardy as other varieties; great for containers and border edging
Tricolor Variegated Society Garlic is an annual herb that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The entire above-ground parts of the plant are edible, and are usually harvested from early summer to early fall. The edible parts have a mild taste and a distinctive fragrance.
The plant is most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Planting & Growing
Tricolor Variegated Society Garlic will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.