The Main Plant entry for Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Chives.

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

Looking to buy this? Victory Seed Company sells Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) seeds.

Common names
  • Chives
Matching plants under this entry
  • Allium schoenoprasum
  • Allium schoenoprasum var. sibiricum

This plant is tagged in:
Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

  • 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
antsinmypants On May 15, 2021 Obtained plant
2021 Chicagoland Annual Plant Swap
Mielikki On March 28, 2022 Transplanted
Mielikki On November 9, 2021 Obtained plant
» Post your own event for this plant

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Composition by RuuddeBlock Apr 28, 2018 12:54 PM 3

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by chhari55 and is called "Red passion flower"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.