Follow your nose…

This pretty little purple flower is a bit of a stinker!

It is the wild garlic plant (Tulbaghia violacea).

The long, blueish-grey leaves are very smelly.  Useful to know – this stinkiness repels pests!  So if you are on a Bear Grylls survival mission, crush the flower or leaf and smear it all over your skin.

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, even SNAKES, and in fact no one at all is going to come near you!!!

In summer the wild garlic is prolific (there is lots and lots of it!) especially in the Indigenous Garden in the Reserve.

But don’t take any Tulbaghia violacea – go to Fruit’n’Veg if you want some garlic for dinner!


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