With beautiful lavender flower clusters, this species of society garlic was used for food and medicine by the indigenous Zulu tribes of South Africa. The flowers and leaves are garlic-scented and are used for their sweet garlic-onion taste. Legend has it that this plant is called “society garlic” because its garlic scent does not linger on the breath – being perfect for “high society.” Deer, fire, and drought tolerant, and somewhat gopher resistant.
Water: Moderate to Dry, but looks best with water
Hardiness: Frost tender, disappears in the Winter but recovers from its roots
Habit: Evergreen perennial 1 to 3' tall
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Origin: Southern Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Province) where it grows along forest margins and stream banks
Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower, Deer Resistant