Chinese chives

Allium tuberosum

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Chinese chives (Allium tuberosum)
AL-ee-um too-ber-OH-sum
Genus:  Allium

This plant produces fast-growing, edible, pungent, onion-like leaves. Small, white flowers appear in late summer.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Cutting leaves any time during the growing season will not harm the plant.

Care: 

Grow in full sun to part shade and average, well-drained soil. Divide regularly to maintain vigor.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in situ or divide plant in spring.

Problems: 

Aphids, powdery mildew, rust.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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