- 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
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.
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.