Allium schoenoprasum

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Chives, Common (Perennial)

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

These hollow, dark green, slender leaves and the flowering stems shoot full flavor! The flavor is that of a delicate onion and refreshingly light.
The delicate, edible flowers have a milder flavor than the leaves and add a decorative touch to dishes and herb oils. Use leaves in cheese and egg dishes, salads, gravies and soups.
To retain flavor, cut chives with shears rather than a knife.
Refrigerate fresh chives in sealed plastic bags for up to 4 days.

Height

12-24 Inches

Spread

8-12 Inches

Color

Blue/Purple

Interesting Notes

High in vitamin A and C, folic acid and potassium.

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in sunny, fertile locations. Keep moist, do not allow soil to dry out. Begin harvesting after plant reaches 6" in height. To renew big older plants, dig them up and cut them into pieces with a sharp garden spade. Replant the healthiest section in fresh soil, well amended with compost.

Good Companions

Basil 'Spicy Globe' (Annual) (Ocimum basilicum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Attributes & Uses
Evergreen
Ground Cover
Containers
Culinary
Dried Flowers
Fragrant
Crafts
Cut Flowers
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Deer Resistant
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Fall
Summer
Spring
Soil Moisture Preference
Well-drained
Rich
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