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Botanical name: Allium schoenoprasum
Other names: Chives
Species: A. schoenoprasum - A. schoenoprasum is a perennial form clumps of edible, long, straplike, tubular leaves, and ball-like lavender flower heads bloom atop stiff stems in summer.
Allium schoenoprasum is: Deciduous
Flower: Purplish-pink in Summer
Foliage: Green in Summer
Fragrance: Scented leaves
Habit: Erect, Spreading
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Plant with: Echinops ritro (Small globe thistle), Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' (Lavender 'Munstead'), Myrtus communis (Common myrtle), Myrtus communis 'Variegata' (Common myrtle 'Variegata'), Allium tuberosum (Garlic chives )
Specific pests: Slugs
Specific diseases: Onion rot
Propagation methods: Division, Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Allium schoenoprasum (Chives) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Architectural, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Underplanting
Cultivation: Grows in fertile, but well-drained soil. Add grit to clay soils to improve drainage.
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|Soil types:||Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained, Well-drained|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Aspect:||South, East, West|
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Although native, this is a rare plant in the wild, being generally confined to rocky calcareous grassland in SW England and South Wales. Where it is found elsewhere, it is probably as an escape from old herb gardens. Chives have a distinctive onion-like smell. Bees collect both nectar and pollen from this plant.
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