- botanical name: Allium schoenoprasum
- perennial zones 3-9
- height 12″
- spacing 8-10″ apart
- full sun tolerant, morning sun/afternoon shade
- average-moist soil
- flower color lavender/pink
- uses in garden: as a border, great in containers, cut flower or foliage, as an edging, fragrant
- use in salads, in soups or stews, on sandwiches
- attracts bees and butterflies
- deer resistant
*Please note: We accept plant orders at any time of the year and if you prefer to place an order outside our regular shipping months of April-May, ordering is still easy. “Why we only ship in April and May.”
Due to the nature of shipping live plants, when you place an order, we will simply hold your order and ship it at the proper time for your zone, when weather permits in April 2015. Seed packets are shipped year round through USPS.
For more information see our “Ordering and Shipping Policy.”
Onion Chives are a charming addition to the garden, patio, and herb combination pots. It is smaller than Garlic Chives and has globular, light pinkish-purple blooms instead of white, but has the same beautiful grass-like habit. Once you know that Onion Chives taste like mild green onions, it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out how to use them: basically with anything where you would ordinarily use onion. They are fabulous when cut fresh and used in salads, and look very pretty with their small tubular stalks cut into sections.
Onion Chive seeds are also available. Purchase seeds here.
Chives will do much better if you start indoors in spring. Spread seed on warm soil and cover with 1/4 inch fine soil or vermiculite. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Transplant seedlings in clumps of 6 or 7 after danger of frost is past. Space plants 8-10 inches apart. 90 days to maturity. Divide mature plants every third year.