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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

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asparagales
Genus: Allium
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.

Grow Details

Soil Type: Rich Soil
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

Type: Perennial

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.

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