• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Allium schoenoprasum

chives

  • Other common names chives
    cive

    onion grass
    schnittlaugh
    seithes
    seives

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  • Synonyms Allium alpinum
    Allium buhseanum

    Allium gredense
    Allium montanum
    Allium oliganthum
    Allium purpurascens
    Allium raddeanum
    Allium schmitzii var. duriminium

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  • Family Alliaceae

  • Genus Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with a strong onion or garlic scent, linear, strap-shaped or cylindrical basal leaves and star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem

  • Details A. schoenoprasum is a bulbous perennial forming a clump of erect narrowly cylindrical, onion-scented leaves, with rounded umbels of light purple bell-shaped flowers

  • Plant range Temp N Hemisphere

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Fragrance Leaf

  • Toxicity

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0-0.1 metre

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in fertile well-drained soil. Add grit when grown in clay soils to improve drainage

Propagation Propagate by seed, or division at any time

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering or merely remove dead flower heads

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally trouble-free: Onion white rot and a downy mildew may occur

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