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Allium schoenoprasum

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Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) at The Growing Place

Chives flowers

Chives flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) at The Growing Place

Chives in bloom

Chives in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Flowering Onion

Description:

Chives impart a mild onion flavor to many dishes. The mauve-lavender flowers are also edible. Easy to grow. Harvest flower heads to prevent seeding.

Edible Qualities

Chives is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces which are harvested from late spring to early fall. The have a tangy taste and a pleasant fragrance.

The are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Drying
  • Pickling
  • Canning
  • Sauces

Features & Attributes

Chives has masses of beautiful balls of lightly-scented pink flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

This is an open herbaceous perennial herb with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive
  • Self-Seeding

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Chives is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Chives will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant is typically grown in a designated herb garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Chives is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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