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.
- 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