This is a popular garden plant. Wild garlic, as Tulbaghia violacea is commonly known, can be grown in most parts of South Africa. It is a rhizomatous perennial with narrow, fleshy, strap-like leaves that smell of garlic.
The plant multiplies its base over time into a dense cluster of white rhizomes, making it a good candidate for herbaceous borders. The plant stands about 30 cm tall when in flower with several flowerheads usually to be seen above the clump of grey-green leaves.
The mauve to purple flowers are arranged in an umbel shape on a long leafless scape. There are six tepals that form a narrow tube at the base and fan out in star-like fashion from the mouth where three tiny lobes are in erect position (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; www.plantzafrica.com).