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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves and stems - raw or cooked. A mild garlic flavour, they are used as a flavouring in soups and salads[1]. The leaves taste hot but do not have a lot of flavour[K]. Flowers - raw or cooked. They can be added to salads, used as a garnish or as a flavouring in cooked foods[1]. The flowers are very ornamental, they have an onion-like heat in the mouth but very little flavour[K].

Flowers

Leaves

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Tulbaghia violacea.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Tulbaghia violacea.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the greenhouse[2]. Sow stored seed in early spring in the greenhouse[2]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If planting them outdoors, this is best done in late summer when the plants are dormant. Division of the dormant plants in late summer.

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Cultivation

Requires a well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered position[2].

Hardy in the mildest areas of Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -10°c, it can be grown as a bedding plant or at the base of a warm wall[2]. Plants succeed outdoors at Edinburgh botanical gardens[3]. Plants grow from a cluster of small bulbs attached to a basal plate that is sometimes regarded as a rhizome[2].

The flowers are very fragrant at night, the whole plant has a garlic-like aroma[2]. There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[2]. 'Silver Lace' is a dwarf clumping plant that grows well in containers and is more attractive with larger flowers than the type[1][2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Tulbaghia violacea. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Tulbaghia violacea.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Tulbaghia violacea
Genus
Tulbaghia
Family
Alliaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
7
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.3 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.72.8 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? Phillips. R. and Rix. M. Bulbs Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30253-1 (1989-00-00)