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Allium schoenoprasum

Wild Chives

Both the leaves and flowers are edible and used for onion flavouring. Frequent trimming will stimulate growth. Flowers are small and star-shaped with six petals in a dense inflorescence.

  • »  Other common names; chive, chive garlic, rush leeks,
  • »  Purple-pink balls of star-like flower clusters
  • »  Both leaves and flowers are edible
  • »  Used for onion flavouring
  • »  Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer

9cm Potted
  • Category:Perennials
  • Hardiness Zone:2
  • Height:30-60 cm
  • Spread:30-60 cm
  • Bloom Color: Purple
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Growth Rate
Deer Resistant
Flowering Time
Lt. Spr-Sum
Foliage Color
Landscape uses
Rock garden
Rooftop (extensive)
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Additional Information about Allium schoenoprasum

Native to Ontario and much of North America. 

Due to its high sulphur content, the foliage of chives is repulsive to insects. Farmers are known to plant chives as border plants or between rocks to protect their crops from pests. The flowers can be used as a garnish in culinary dishes. Chives do not lose their taste or texture when frozen. The juice from the leaves is used to fight fungal infections.

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Allium schoenoprasum

Dependable, very drought tolerant plant, self-seeding freely. Prune spent flowers back to promote fresh growth and contain seeding. Does best in full sun.