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    Chives

    Allium schoenoprasum

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    Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) at Hartman Companies

    Chives flowers

    Chives flowers

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    Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) at Hartman Companies

    Chives in bloom

    Chives in bloom

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    Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) at Hartman Companies

    Chives

    Chives

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  12 inches

    Spread:  18 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  2

    Other Names:  Flowering Onion

    Description:

    Edible and ornamental, this selection is great for kitchen and herb gardens, containers and window boxes; clusters of tall grass like foliage with pale purple flowers are delicious and zesty; a lovely addition to salads, sauces, or dried for seasonings

    Edible Qualities

    Chives is a perennial herb that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. The entire above-ground parts of the plant are edible, and can be harvested at any time in the season. The edible parts have a zesty taste and a pleasant fragrance.

    The plant is most often used in the following ways:

    • Fresh Eating
    • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
    • Cooking
    • Baking
    • Drying

    Features & Attributes

    Chives has masses of beautiful balls of lightly-scented lavender 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. The green fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from mid spring to late summer.

    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 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;

    • Border Edging
    • 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Edging  Garden  Herb  Container 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features
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