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Allium schoenoprasum (Chives)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Allium schoenoprasum

Other names

Chives

Genus

Allium Allium

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

Fragrance

Scented leaves

Habit

Erect, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Purplish-pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

Onion rot Onion rot

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Allium schoenoprasum

Other names

Chives

Genus

Allium Allium

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.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Scented leaves

Habit

Erect, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Purplish-pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

Specific diseases

Onion rot

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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