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.