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Products > Tulbaghia violacea 'Emerisa White'
 
Tulbaghia violacea 'Emerisa White' - Emerisa White Society Garlic
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Alliaceae (~Amaryllidaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pinkish White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Tulbaghia violacea 'Emerisa White' (Emerisa White Society Garlic) - A clumping evergreen perennial to 2 feet tall with fat, tuberous roots from which emerge flexible green grass-like 1 foot long by 1/4 inch wide gray-blue leaves. From spring into fall, and sometimes longer in frost free areas, arise slender stalks to 18 inches high topped by an umbel of about 10 to 20 small white flowers that have a blush of pink. The foliage has a strong garlic-like odor on warm days and when bruised by touching or from frost. Plant in coastal full sun to light shade with occasional to regular irrigation - somewhat drought tolerant but always looks better with more regular watering. Should prove hardy and evergreen to around 23F and root hardy to around 0F and useful in USDA Zone 7 and above. Will make a nice low border plant or for the edge of the lawn, a pond. Keep in mind the foliage smell as it can be very strong and some find it objectionable. This smell is noted to keep animals (cats, dogs, deer away and perhaps even snails and slugs) but use rubber gloves when deadheading and resist the temptation to use the flowers indoors for flower arrangements. The leaves and flowers can be used raw or cooked in food preparation. This species comes from southern Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Province) where it grows along forest margins and stream banks and was used for food and medicine by the indigenous Zulu tribes. The genus was named to honor Ryk Tulbagh (1699-1771) the early governor of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and the specific epithet means violet-like in reference to the color of the flowers. It is called Society Garlic, possibly because the scent is not quite as strong its relative, true garlic (Allium sativum). This plant was a selection made from a block of regular purple flowering Tulbaghia violacea growing at Emerisa Gardens in Santa Rosa California.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Tulbaghia violacea 'Emerisa White'.
 
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