A small, South African perennial, up to 60 cm in height, which bears notable similarity in aspect and use to the garlic (Allium) family. Its strap-like, gray-green leaves are edible and when crushed, they emit a strong garlic smell. Its beautiful, star-shaped, lavender-pink flowers also have culinary applications. Tulbaghia violacea can be cultivated in pots or in the ground. It tolerates heat and drought but can just as easily be grown in mild climates, in USDA Zones 7 to 10. It prefers a spot in full sun and in well drained soil.