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Allium schoenoprasum (Chives)

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Plant description

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The very strongly flavoured hollow grassy foliage is topped by purple flower heads that are an ornamental feature of this rather useful edible plant. It grows from small bulbs that retain their foliage all year round in warmer climates but lose it during winter in frosty areas. The foliage can be cut at any time to give an onion like flavour to cooking dishes, the leaves will simply regrow over time to provide the next harvest. Chives are easily grown from seed and can be harvested very quickly if they are grown in ideal conditions in a sunny, fertile well drained garden soil.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: purple
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres

Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: 0.2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6-7

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: winter/spring.

Types of fertiliser: general purpose.

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