General Plant Information (Edit)
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

Common names
  • Garlic Chives
  • Chinese Leek
  • Flat Chives
  • Oriental Garlic

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  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 3, 2013 8:17 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by sedumzz (Your local refrigerator - Zone 7a) on Sep 13, 2021 1:01 PM concerning plant:
    Known in many Asian countries as "Jiu Cai," which, directly translated, means "Leek Veggie."
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 6:30 PM concerning plant:
    Allium tuberosum reportedly serves as a beneficial plant in the garden by helping to repel aphids, Japanese Beetle, and rabbits.

Plant Events from our members
gardengus On August 8, 2014 Bloomed
SCButtercup On September 2, 2016 Bloomed
greene From September 6, 2014 to September 13, 2014 Fruit Ripened
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
AylaCornelius On February 6, 2020 Seeds sown
tiffwestlund On May 17, 2021 Obtained plant
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