Allium schoenoprasum

Chives - Allium schoenoprasum

Common Name: Chives
Genus: Allium
Species: schoenoprasum

The Latin translation of Allium means ‘Garlic’.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Awards: RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This vigorous member of the onion family is a well known herb, with edible leaves which taste and smell similar to onions and enhance the flavour of many savoury dishes.

The leaves of Allium schoenoprasum are hollow, long, thin and dark green. In summer, clusters of light purple button-like flowers are produced on upright stems and it is perfect for a sunny well-drained border or gravel garden.

Garden Care: Split and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.



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