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Chives are herbaceous perennial plants, and members
of the same family as onions, leeks, and garlic.
Other Names: Rush Leeks, Little Onions
Species: A. schoenoprasum
Descriptions: Chives have long stalks
similar to leeks and onions. Chive flower blossoms
are pale purple, star-shaped spherical balls.
Size: Chives grow with clumped stalks
that measure 8 to 20 inches tall.
Symbolism: Chives symbolize usefulness.
Grow Details: Chives are easy to grow
and require very little maintenance.
Soil Type: Rich
Soil PH: PH of 6-7
Water: Drought Tolerant
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Grow Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Height: 8 to 20 Inches
Flower Colors: Lavender to Purple
Propagation: Propagate through Division
Division/Transplants: Divide every
3 to 4 years in the spring
Blooming Period: June to July
Herbal Remedy Properties: The medicinal
properties of chives are similar to those of garlic
only not quite as strong. Chives are reported
to have a beneficial effect on the circulatory
system. Chives also have mild stimulant, diuretic,
and antiseptic properties.
Native Area: Chives are native to northern
Europe, Greece, and Italy
Other: At one time, chives were hung in
homes to ward off evil spirits. Chive leaves are
used in salads and as a garnish. The French consider
chives a necessity in fine herbs.