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Botanical Name:

Allium schoenoprasum

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Full Sun

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A celebrity when it comes down to cooking herbs. Chives are part of the great onion family which includes garlic, onions, leeks and several ornamental plants. It has a lovely mild and soft onion flavor to impart that fresh flavor without over-doing the onion flavor. It goes lovely with all cheese dishes, fish, meats, pasta, potatoes and salads. Chives enhance the flavor of most foods but does not lend itself to heat so only add to food once it has cooled a bit or as a garnish. It is easy to use and a great health booster as it lowers high cholesterol, has significant anti microbial properties, it aids digestion, reduces eye strain and has anti cancer properties. Eating chives daily is very good for the skin and can also be used in the garden to treat mildew and repel aphids from your roses.


Chives are easy to grow and needs fertile soil with a deep weekly watering. You do not need to pull out the entire plant when you harvest it for use, merely snip off some leaves about 2cm from the ground and they will regrow. Divide the clump in early spring. They can be grown in pots but will need daily watering.