Cape Prov. to KwaZulu-Natal (as per WCSP);

Taken at Nairobi, Kenya in January, 2009.
A small garden plant.


Tulbaghia violacea Harv., Bot. Mag. 64: t. 3555 1837.
Common names: Society garlic, Pink Agapanthus
Plant from S. Africa locally used for a number of ailments.
Perennial tuberous herb with linear leaves up to 30 cm long, channelled at base; flowers in umbels of up to 20 flowers, bright lilac, about 2 cm long, lobes lanceolate with darker midvein. fruit a capsule.
Commonly grown along roadsides in California.

very common in southwest, street plantings near shopping malls, office buildings etc….
plant and forget them till its time in the fall to remove the dead plants…. looks nice all summer…


Plant for ID. SMP2 :: 27 May 2014 Sunnyvale USA : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).

Couldn’t place this small herb with an ID.
Observed in many flower beds here in Sunnyvale and surrounding areas.
Liliaceae or related family. Height around 12 inches with Pink flower bunches. Leaves linear with greyish hue.

Check for Tulbaghia violacea.
I had posted from Nairobi and … and … had identified it.

Yes it is, very common here in California.

Thanks … I had been to a nursery Summerwinds in Sunnyvale CA where I met …: a short but sweet meeting. I located the name of this plant there.

Attached are pictures of Tulbaghia violacea captured in San Francisco, USA in May 2013. This were long unidentified with me until identified by … in a recent post.
Requested to please validate the ID.

Yes … Profusely flowering these days all over California

Yes profusely flowering all over Bay area. Are there two varieties with different leaf colours? I observed one with faint green leaves bordered by faint stripe at edges.

It is still in flowering in Riyadh too.

Yes …, the other with silvery leaves is Tulbaghia violacea ‘Silver Lace’

Thanks. Its important to know this.

SK1742 20 Jan 2019 : 11 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)- 2 Mb.
Location : Sentosa , Singapore
Date : 18 October 2012
Altitude  131 m.
Habit : Cultivated
Is this Orchidaceae ??

I thought its an Allium, not orchid. But not sure.

I thought so.

To me looks different from Allium too. May be something else

Sir once check with Tulbaghia violacea of Amaryllidaceae

Yes looks matching. Tulbaghia violacea Harv. Thank you …!

Yes sorry for wrong id.

It is ok … That happens sometimes.

don’t you have the whole plant pictures?

…, well, but Tulbaghia violacea is called society garlic and plants’s looks are reminiscent of allium plants in gardens and its inflorescence does remind me of allium inflorescence. so you were nor far off.


Tulbaghia violacea : Nasik : 29JAN22 : AK – 44:
These were observed for the first time in India, at a plant nursery in Nasik.

Earlier seen in Nairobi, Kenya and California.

Awesome flowers & an upload !

I have seen this / the allied species somewhere in US nursery but unable to recall or dig out the image from my archives. Leaves and roots have a strong garlic smell when  crushed –  Society garlic plant ???
Tulbhaghia species.



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