Chives

Allium schoenoprasum

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
AL-ee-um skoy-no-PRAY-sum
Genus:  Allium
The purple or white pom-pom flowers of chives top aromatic stems in summer. The leaves are edible and have a mild onion flavor; the flowers can be used as garnishes. Plants grow in dense clumps to 2 feet high. Use chives in a cottage, herb, or vegetable garden, or in containers.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Edible foliage; showy flowers; self-sows.
Care:  Provide full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Easily started from seed. Sow in late fall to mid-winter. Spring-sown seedlings may not emerge for a year. Divide clumps in spring or fall.
Problems:  Nothing serious.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Bulbs

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