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Allium tuberosum

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Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) at The Growing Place

Garlic Chives in bloom

Garlic Chives in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  16 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Chinese Chives;Flowering Onion

Description:

Culinary, ornamental. Flowers can be dried for winter arrangements. Flat, garlic flavored foliage. DO NOT ALLOW TO RESEED! This is an aggressive spreader.

Edible Qualities

Garlic Chives is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces which are harvested from late spring to late summer. The have a savory taste.

The are most often used in the following ways:

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

Features & Attributes

Garlic Chives has masses of beautiful clusters of lightly-scented white star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season.

This is an 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 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, Garlic Chives is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens

Planting & Growing

Garlic Chives will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Garden  Herb 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features