The Main Plant entry for Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Culinary Herb
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Days to germinate: 7-14 days
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inch
Sow in situ
Other info: Self seeds. Thin seedlings when 1-2 inches tall.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Chives
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Photo Gallery
Photo by Fleur569
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2009-06-08
Long lasting blossoms, as tasty as their stems.
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2017-05-16
Tasty in the kitchen, pretty in the garden

Date: 2016-05-29
Location: My Garden, Arvada, Colorado
Date: May
Location: England
Date: May
Location: Belarus
Date: 2018-06-20
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-05-05
w/ wild blue phlox
Location: My garden, Northumberland
Date: 2009-06-04
With Phalaris arundinacea
Location: My garden, Willow Valley Communities Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2020-06-01
Location: Hortus Camera Lapidea
Date: 2013-06-30
Location: Hortus Camera Lapidea
Date: 2008-05-11
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2018-04-14
Volunteers from seed.
Location: in my garden
Date: 2017-06-19
#Pollination #Bee
Location: Hortus Camera Lapidea
Date: 2008-05-27
Location: Hortus Camera Lapidea
Date: 2011-06-15
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2011-05-22
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Date: 2022-06-10
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-05-17
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2015-04-25
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-06-09
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum), flowers
Location: Coastal WA 9A
Date: 2023-05-14
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2022-03-17
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Date: 2021-05-18
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-06-01
...and Oregano
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-06-12
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2018-04-14
Volunteers from seed.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2020-06-06
Location: Millinocket, Maine
Date: 2023-06-21
Chives in full bloom next to Felix Crousse Peony
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-18
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-04-23
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-05-29
Location: In my garden
Date: 2014-04-10
Location: Home

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Twisp
Date: 2016-05-17
Location: North Carolina USA
Date: 2019-04-21
Chives - delicious when snipped and sometimes make it in for supp
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 21, 2014
The Vegetable Garden
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2014-04-20
Budding out
Location: IL
Date: 2010-05-07
Location: in my garden
Date: 2017-05-07

Date: 2012-05-25
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2010-05-24
After 'the flop' - cut back to about 2\" and it will rejuvenate

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: St Louis
Date: 2016-05-14

Date: 2004-05-10
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-03
Location: central Illinois
Date: 5-5-12
w/ 3 BF
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-06-09
Location: Twisp
Date: May

Date: 2012-05-25
Location: NYBG 
Date: June 14 22

Date: 2013-04-24
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2008-05-17
Location: New Hampshire
Date: June
credit: Captain-tucker
Location: New Hampshire
Date: June
credit: Captain-tucker
Location: Lenore, ID
Date: 3-28-2015
Location: My Yard
Date: 2015-04-18
Photo by clintbrown
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 9/1/19
These have been growing in this same little pot for 8 years. I br
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA, Zone 6b
Date: 9/1/19
Location: In my garden
Date: 2015-05-05
Location: Twisp
Date: Spring
Just beginning to bloom
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-12-10
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2012-07-26
Location: Right side of garage door.
Date: 2014-05-27
Location: Right side of garage door.
Date: 2014-05-28
Photo by robertduval14
Location: Moraine Lake, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-03

Credit florum

Date: 2014-02-18
Photo courtesy of: MomentsForZen
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-26
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Date: 2021-03-22
New greenery in early spring from an established plant in a garde

Date: 2013-08-08
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-04-24
Location: central Illinois
Date: 11-15-13
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-06-30
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2006-07-26
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: central Illinois
Date: 5-11-13
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: may
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-10

Date: 2016-03-23
Location: Cordoba, Argentina

Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.

Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-05-10

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: Forgetmenot Ridge, Kananaskis P.P., Alberta; ~2100m elevation.
Date: 2010-08-23
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2014-03-23
These were labeled "Onion Chives" because of the onion taste. Am
Location: Copenhagen Botanical Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-02-20
Location: Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany.
Date: May
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-03-01

Courtesy Annie's Heirloom Seeds
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-22
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  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Jun 26, 2013 1:34 PM concerning plant:
    A lovely herb that is also a valuable source of color in the flower bed or in a potted combination. It blooms from early to late summer. If you are growing them for food rather than for decoration, snip the flowers before they bloom as they will grow thicker if they’re picked often.
  • Posted by NEILMUIR1 (London\Kent Border) on Feb 17, 2014 5:52 AM concerning plant:
    An essential culinary herb. Used in egg dishes and with potatoes and salads. Used extensively in Europe for its mild onion flavour. It also dries exceptionally well, with little loss of flavour, for culinary use! Very easy to grow, but must be used and cut a lot for thick, luscious, full-flavoured growth.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 7:18 AM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant. One of their favorites for both nectar and pollen.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 30, 2013 5:07 PM concerning plant:
    Everyone should grow Chives and Garlic Chives. I find that chives work well in salads or as garnish. They also can be substituted for onions. It is so easy to go out into the garden and just snip some fresh chives when needed. I grow my chives in pots.
  • Posted by bxncbx (NYC - Zone 7a) on Jan 31, 2019 12:34 PM concerning plant:
    I've grown chives in a shallow fabric pot for years now. This plant is indestructible! It has survived seasons of drought, monsoon-like rains and polar-vortex winters with no extra protection. The flowers are beloved by pollinators and both the leaves and flowers have a mild onion flavor. I typically snip the leaves for eating only once or twice a year. Despite this, my plant is always lush and beautiful. Every garden should have at least one plant, as it is not one you will ever have to worry over.
  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jul 26, 2012 5:28 AM concerning plant:
    A perennial must for any herb garden, easy to grow, so many uses, and flowers too. The flowers are edible. Pick and pull apart at peak bloom or just before . They add a bright accent to a salad and just a hint of flavor too.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 6, 2011 1:03 AM concerning plant:
    Uses include: savory garnish adding zest to salads; great addition to scrambled eggs (my favorite), can be made into frozen chive cubes, also, as a garden ornamental.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 6:29 PM concerning plant:
    Allium schoenoprasum reportedly serves as a beneficial plant in the garden by helping to repel aphids, Japanese beetles, and rabbits.
Plant Events from our members
Catmint20906 On May 12, 2015 Bloomed
p1mkw On January 31, 2015 Seeds sown
GaNinFl On September 12, 2015 Maintenance performed
Cleaned up and removed some of the old growth.
joannmorford On June 8, 2017 Transplanted
MrsBinWY On February 5, 2018 Seeds germinated
Gave them to Susie H. for Plant Sale.
MrsBinWY On February 2, 2018 Seeds sown
germination test for Seed Library of previous year's seeds; 100 seeds in milk jug at warm room temp
thepurplebug On June 11, 2019 Seeds germinated
thepurplebug On June 3, 2019 Seeds sown
Seeds planted in a container in front of the house.
antsinmypants On May 20, 2021 Transplanted
Into Garden one
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Mielikki On March 23, 2024 Harvested
Eventually ate.
Mielikki On March 28, 2022 Transplanted
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Retro67 On November 30, 2023 Seeds germinated
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