The Growing Place
Rising Star Chives in bloom
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 12 inches
Spread: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Common Chives
This is a compact variety of common chives with a shorter height that works better for containers; fine, gray-green foliage is topped with lavender-pink flowers in late spring; flowers and leaves are edible; also great along borders
Rising Star Chives has masses of beautiful balls of lightly-scented pink flowers with lavender overtones at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive fragrant grassy leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Rising Star Chives is an open herbaceous perennial 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;
Rising Star Chives is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Herb Gardens
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Rising Star Chives will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Rising Star Chives is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage 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.