Society Garlic is an attractive ornamental perennial from South Africa.
It forms a low growing clump up to 30 cm tall with delicate star-shaped, lilac-mauve flowers at the end of long stems from October to April.
The strap-like grey-green leaves grow from a dense clump. The roots are thick, white and tuberous. When not in flower it looks similar to garlic chives and the leaves have a similar smell. The leaves stay green all year.
Society Garlic is easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. It can cope with heat and drought and is also fairly cold tolerant. It does best in full sun and in well-drained, sandy soil. They can be grown in containers where space is limited.