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
Dry
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
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Bulb
Uses: Culinary Herb
Vegetable
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Bulbs
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects

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

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Date: 2018-09-10
Visible seed development in process.
Location: My Garden
Date: 2018-08-09
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 2005-08-27
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Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2022-08-26
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 2005-08-27
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Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 2005-08-27
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Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-09-01
Location: z6a, Smith College Botanical Garden
Date: 2012-08-25
Location: In my garden in Oklahoma City, OK
Date: 2005-08-13
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2017-09-08
Delicious and delightful in all its parts.
Location: in my front garden
Date: 2001 - 2004
Allium tuberosum [Garlic Chives]
Location: At home
Date: 2021-09-12
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-09-03
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-09-03
Location: Kyle
Date: 2018-09-23
Location: My Garden
Date: 2016-09-05
Sometimes blooming just once isn't enough.
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6a
Date: 2013-06-25
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2014-07-24
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-09-12
Garlic Chives 018
Location: Vermont
Date: 2013-09-03
Photo by shaggya
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-06
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-29
Allium Tuberosum, 2017, Chinese [Garlic] [Chive], AL-ee-um, 24in
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-09-03
Moisture is visible under the papery skin!
Location: in my front garden
Date: Summer, 2004
Allium tuberosum [Garlic Chives]
Location: Hortus Camera Lapidea
Date: 2009-08-15
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-13
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-09-08
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
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Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-03-16
Took a week to germinate
Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2012-10-18
Seed pods opening, exposing seeds
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2021-04-21
Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) first harvest leaves in spring a
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2014-09-17
Location: Kyle, Texas
Date: 2017-08-17
Easy herb to grow and use
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-10-27
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2011
Attracts tiny bees and flies

Date: 2004-09-08
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2013-08-22
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2010-09-04
Flowers are visited by many insects
Location: Kyle
Date: 2018-10-28
Easy, pretty and evergreen
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-08-15
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-08-30
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2014-09-17
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2017-07-27
Location: Botanical Garden of Berlin
Date: 2014-07-24
Location: Darwell Rolling Woods, Alberta
Date: 2016-08-01
Location: My Gardens
Date: September 3, 2017
Growing With Assorted Mints

Date: 2012-08-23
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2017-09-18

Date: 2012-08-23

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-08-19
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2014-02-18
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-10-27
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 10-27-2015
Location: Vermont
Date: 2013-09-03
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-10-08
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-06
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-29
Allium Tuberosum, 2017, Chinese [Garlic] [Chive], AL-ee-um, 24in
Location: Kamloops, BC, Canada
Date: 2012-09-19
Photo by rakami
Photo by molanic
Photo by gardengus
Location: Waynesboro MS
Date: 2004-08-13
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-10-17
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: 2017-09-14
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-09-01
Garlic Chives 005
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-08-31
Garlic Chives 004
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-08-30
Garlic Chives 003

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Maryland
Date: 2014-08-31
Location: Pembroke, GA
Date: 2014-01-23
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-06
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-06
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: 2.21.17
Seedlings emerging
Location: Copenhagen Botanical Garden, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Location: Louisa, VA
Date: 6-20-17
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2011-03-18
early spring growth

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
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Location: square bed
Date: 2015-05-06
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-10-17
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-08-30
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-08-30
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2008-08-30
Photo by jon
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Photo by jon
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Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-13
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-09-01
Garlic Chives 006
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-09-06

Date: 2014-02-28

Date: 2013-09-25

Date: 2014-02-28
Location: zone 8/9 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-02-06
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Comments:
  • 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 (Fairfax VA - 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.

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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
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#44, winter sown
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