Tulbaghia Photo Gallery


Tulbaghias are classified under Alliaceae, together with Agapanthus, Ipheion and Allium. Many have leaves with a distinctive odour similar to that of onion and galic. In their native countries they have both medicinal and economic properties.

There are 22 known species of clump forming, mainly decidious, sometimes evergreen, rhizomatous or bulbous perennials found in various habitats, some mountainous, in tropical and temperate South Africa.

The dainty, tubular flowers are produced in umbels and vary in colour from soft pink, rose pink and white. Many are sweetly scented, especially at night, and appear over a long period between late spring and autumn

The plants themselves become dormant from November until the end of February.

They are ideal for growing in a sunny border, rock garden or alternatively a cold greenhouse/conservatory.

Propogation from seed will produce flowering plants within a short number of years, and as they hybridise easily some very interesting plants will result. Dividing the plants in Spring is the only way to keep them true to type.

The Collection

Marwood Hill Gardens holds eleven species and a number of forms in the collection. Some of the other species that known about are not in cultivation.

Originaly we planted some out in a bed in the garden. They need a hot, dry spot with plenty of good drainage, so the bed was made up of mostly grit to create good drainage. However the wet and cold winters of the past few years have killed many so we now overwinter in a greenhouse, sinking the pots in the ground in Spring and lifting them again in the Autumn. In addition, this year (2019) we have installed a glasshouse in the walled garden to create a stunning display.

Glasshouse web

Please note:   At the moment our Tulbaghia collection are for display only, they cannot be bought in our plant sales.

They start flowering from late spring and continue until autumn