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Allium schoenoprasum

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More About Allium schoenoprasum

  • 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

Interesting Notes:

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 other 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.

Zone:

2

Height:

30-60 cm

Spread:

30-60 cm

Colour:

Purple
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Wild Chives Growing and Maintenance Tips

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


Allium schoenoprasum Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Fast
Fast
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Heat Tolerant
Edible
Edible
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Fragrant
Fragrant
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Xeriscape

Flowering Time

Lt. Spr-Sum
Spring

Habit

Upright

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Rooftop (extensive)

 Suitable Substitutions for Allium schoenoprasum

Allium x 'Millenium'

Allium x 'Millenium'

Ornamental Onion

Allium cernuum

Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion

Allium schoenoprasum 'Forescate'

Allium schoenoprasum 'Forescate'

Giant-flowered Chives