Chives are a common garden herb grown for the table, but they also make a good ornamental plant for rock gardens or borders. They also grow well in pots and can be overwintered indoors or positioned on a windowsill year-round to allow for continual harvest. Gardeners growing chives as edible herbs may cut back the flowers to prevent the plants from going to seed. If you choose to enjoy the blooms (which are also edible), be aware that the plants will self-seed very freely, leaving you with many volunteers. This is not a seriously invasive plant, however. Chives have no serious pest or disease problems, but root-rot can be an issue for clumps growing in dense, poorly drained soil.

Full Sun

Height: 10-15″/Spread: 10-15″

Zone 5

Size Available: 1801


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Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) is an easy-to-grow, grass-like perennial herb in the same family as onion and garlic. It has a mild onion flavor that tastes great in salads or as a soup garnish. The attractive edible purple flowers also make it an interesting garden plant and garnish. Chives attracts bees and other pollinators and at the same time it seems to repel other insects; it is sometimes planted among vegetables to discourage Japanese beetles and other damaging pests.

These cold-tolerant perennials are ideal for more temperate regions and are usually planted from nursery sets in early spring to give a generous harvest beginning in late spring.