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Chives

Allium schoenoprasum

AL-ee-um skoy-no-PRAY-sum

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 CharacteristicsEdible foliage; showy flowers; self-sows.

CareProvide full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.

PropagationEasily 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.

ProblemsNothing serious.

  • Genus : Allium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Bulbs
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Self Seeds
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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