Tulbaghia Fragrans, Sweet Garlic - Plant
Description for Tulbaghia Fragrans, Sweet Garlic
As is common to many members of the onion tribe, when their leaves are bruised they produce a distinct garlic smell, hence its common name. The flowers are borne in an umbel. Each flower has six narrow tepals. A characteristic of the genus is that there is a "corona" a raised crown-like structure at the centre of the flower. This may be small and scale-like or may be larger, somewhat like the trumpet of a small narcissus. Tulbaghia fragrans is a slender, erect, clump-forming, perennial to 25 cm. The inflorescence is an umbel of pink to mauve-pink, occasionally white, strongly fragrant, tubular flowers. It flowers at the end of winter when the leaves are still dormant. It grows best in the semi shade and is used medicinally.
Plant it en masse in sun or semi-shade. Due to the fact that it is deciduous it can be interplanted with an evergreen perennial such as Bulbine or grasses.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Tulbaghia fragrans, Sweet garlic, Pink agapanthus, Tulbaghia pulchella||Creamy white to pinkinsh or purple||August to September||1.00 to 1.50 feet||easy to grow|
Planting and care
Agapanthus planting is best done during the fall or winter in warm climates.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||While it is very tolerant to a wide variety of soil conditions, they do enjoy some rich compost or organic matter added during planting.||Dry to medium.It requires a sunny to partly shady location and regular water.||4 - 5Â°c||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Tulbaghia Fragrans
- Harvest by cutting them with kitchen scissors or shears just below the surface of the soil â€“ donâ€™t cut midway through the chive. This is due to the fact that most of the flavour is in the base, and it also encourages more growth of the plant outwards (cutting at a midway point will kill the rest of the chive remaining).
Typical uses of Tulbaghia Fragrans
Special features: Herb gardens, vegetable gardens, cottage gardens or naturalized areas. Attractive flowers have good ornamental value and are pleasant additions to rock gardens or border fronts, however flowers must be deadheaded before setting seed or seedlings will sprout up throughout the garden.
Culinary use: na
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: It is used internally to treat urinary incontinence, kidney and bladder weaknesses etc.
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