Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 18 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Culinary Herb
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects


The 2014 All Things Plants Top 25 Summer Bulbs and TubersThe 2014 All Things Plants Top 25 Summer Bulbs and Tubers
By dave on May 17, 2014

What a fun and diverse group of plants! Come on in and check out the report of the top 25 most active summer bulbs and tuber entries in our plants database. You will be surprised at some of the plants that made the list!

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 3, 2013 8:17 AM

Garlic chives are a great addition to the culinary garden. I use them in much the same way as regular chives, to flavor dips and sauces and over baked potatoes. Great addition to stir-fry also.
Good dried, but loses much of its flavor and is best kept frozen when not fresh.
Easy to grow from seed and should be deadheaded before setting seed because they can take over. The white flower blooms late in the summer and is pretty enough to include in the showy category.
The flowers are very attractive to insects, and I see a lot of predator wasps on the blooms.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 6:30 PM

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

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The bees, wasps, 'love bugs' and other insects have been busy. The seed pods are ripening now.
Catmint20906 On August 31, 2014 Bloomed
KelliW On February 24, 2019 Seeds sown
#44, winter sown
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