Friday, April 18, 2014

Plant Profile-Society Garlic


We're continuing our
 Plant Profile Series
with another Florida-friendly plant.

Society Garlic




This Florida-friendly plant does best in full sun,
but will tolerate some shade.
The loose, sandy soil here in Florida is ideal for growing,
but if your medium is different, 
containers might be the answer.




As with most Florida-friendly choices,
this bloomer is drought-tolerant once established.
We water 2-3 times per week during the hottest days,
and these have never been hand watered.
It does bloom more during the rainiest times of year,
but will withstand the fierce humidity of our summer season.



  
This dazzler sports lovely star-shaped flowers
in a stunning lilac shade.
The muted hue adds a gentle touch of color to surrounding greenery.
This delicate member of the onion family is easily divided, 
so it's a great candidate for plant swaps.
Division is obtained during dormancy by splitting the rhizomes.



The name on this beauty rings true-
it really does smell like garlic.
In fact, the leaves are edible and can be added to salads, sauces and dressings.
Be well advised so that it can be placed in the garden accordingly.
The aroma is enjoyed here,
but may be too strong for those who prefer a sweeter smelling bloom.




There are so many plants that take very little care
but give us so much in return.
This one's a keeper.

 Read more about this maintenance-free plant here.

Week One-Bulbine
Week Two-Native Milkweed
Week Three-African Iris


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