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Products > Tulbaghia violacea 'Gold Stripe'
 
Tulbaghia violacea 'Gold Stripe' - Gold Stripe Society Garlic
 
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Alliaceae (~Amaryllidaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Yellow/Chartreuse Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender
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 'Gold Stripe' (Gold Stripe Society Garlic) - A clumping evergreen perennial with fat, tuberous roots from which emerge flexible grass-like 1 foot long by 1/4 inch wide green leaves with chartreuse to golden yellow bands along the leaf margins. From spring into fall, and sometimes longer in frost free areas, arise slender stalks to 18 to 24 inches high topped by an umbel of about 10 to 20 small lavender flowers. The foliage has a strong garlic-like odor on warm days and when bruised by touching or from frost. Plant in full sun to light shade with occasional to regular irrigation - somewhat drought tolerant but always looks better with more regular watering. Hardy and evergreen to around 23F but root hardy to around 0F and useful in USDA Zone 7 and above. This plant is useful as a low border plant or for the edge of the lawn, a pond or even in shallow water but one must keep in mind the smell when they decide where to plant 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. We purchased this plant labeled with this name at a southern California retail nursery in 2016. This plant was introduced into southern California in 2016 by Magic Growers in Pasadena, California after receiving the plant from Blair Haynes of Shinglehouse Nursery in Coos Bay, Oregon.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Tulbaghia violacea 'Gold Stripe'.
 
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