The Main Plant entry for Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

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Allium schoenoprasum
Allium schoenoprasum var. sibiricum

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Culinary Herb
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
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
Bulbs
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Flies
Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Tasty in the kitchen, pretty in the garden

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Comments:
Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Jun 26, 2013 1:34 PM

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.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 6, 2011 1:03 AM

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.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 7:18 AM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant. One of their favorites for both nectar and pollen.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jul 26, 2012 5:28 AM

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.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 30, 2013 5:07 PM

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.

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Posted by NEILMUIR1 (London\Kent Border) on Feb 17, 2014 5:52 AM

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.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 6:29 PM

Allium schoenoprasum reportedly serves as a beneficial plant in the garden by helping to repel aphids, Japanese beetles, and rabbits.

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