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Products > Tulbaghia violacea Purpleicious® ['Hinetul1'] PP25,293
Tulbaghia violacea Purpleicious® ['Hinetul1'] PP25,293 - Purpleicious® Society Garlic
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Alliaceae (~Amaryllidaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated 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 Purpleicious® ['Hinetul1'] PP25,293 (Purple Variegated Society Garlic) - A clumping perennial to 1 foot tall with fat, tuberous roots from which emerge flexible grass-like 1 foot long by 1/4 inch wide blue-green leaves that have fine white longitudinal stripes and magenta colored margins giving the plant the overall appearance of grayish purple with best coloration occurring in winter and early spring. 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 lavender flowers, which are slightly larger than those of the typical Society Garlic, Tulbaghia violacea in the trade. 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. The species has proven hardy and evergreen to around 23°F but root hardy to around 10°F and useful in USDA Zone 8 and above. Like other society garlics this plant is useful as a low border plant or for the edge of the lawn, a pond or even in shallow water but with the added interest of an unusual grayish purple color. Keep in mind the smell when deciding 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.

Tulbaghia violacea 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) and sometimes also called Pink Agapanthus, but this name better applies to the larger Tulbaghia simmleri (AKA T. fragrans).

This cultivar is a vegetative sport found in a block of Tulbaghia violacea at Hines Nursery in Irvine California in June 2002. It was given the cultivar name 'Hinetul1' and issued US plant patent PP25,293 in February 2015 with the marketing name Purpleicious® registered as a trademark. We are licensed to grow this variety by Treesap Farms, the parent company of Tree Town Nursery and Everde Growers, who acquired Hines Nursery in 2018.

We also grow several other Tulbaghia violacea cultivars including Tulbaghia violacea 'Edinburgh', Tulbaghia violacea 'Blanca', Tulbaghia violacea Purpleicious ['Hinetul1'], Tulbaghia violacea 'Oro Verde', Tulbaghia violacea 'Emerisa White', Tulbaghia violacea 'Savannah Lightning' as well as Tulbaghia simmleri (AKA T. fragrans), Tulbaghia simmleri 'Alba' and the hybrids Tulbaghia 'Ashanti', Tulbaghia 'Cosmic', Tulbaghia 'Flamingo', Tulbaghia 'Fairy Pink' and Tulbaghia 'Himba'

This information about Tulbaghia violacea Purpleicious® ['Hinetul1'] PP25,293 displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.