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Allium schoenoprasum is often confused with:
Zigadenus Zigadenus spp.
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Galium odoratum Galium odoratum
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Origanum majorana Origanum majorana

Chives Allium schoenoprasum

Phonetic Spelling
AL-ee-um sho-en-oh-PRAY-sum
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Edible flower; leaves for flavoring, eggs, soups, salads, butter, cheese, dips, spreads, etc.  Harvest the leaves by clipping them off at the base so as to maintain the attractiveness of the clumps.  Clumps can be divided easily in the spring or fall.  Works well planted in mass along boarders, rock or vegetable gardens or can be potted up and grown on a patio or in a sunny window indoors.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems.  Root rot may occur on poorly drained soil.

 

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Allium
    Species:
    schoenoprasum
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Leaves popular in many culinary dishes, flowers used to garnish soups and salads
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Balkans, Siberia, Asia Minor
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Edible fruit
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 5 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Edible
    Herb
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Dome
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Long blooming spring-summer, globular, clover-like clusters of pale purple flowers with papery bracts on scapes (stems) dancing above the leaves up to to 18" tall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Hollow, fragrant, upright leaves forming clumps
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Recreational Play Area
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    In dogs and cats oxidative hemolytic process induced by Allium species consumption is the onset of anemia, methemoglobinemia, and impaired oxygen transportation.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Organosulfoxides
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves
    Roots
    Stems