ALLIUM schoenoprasum




Height: 6-12" (15-30cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Mauve, white

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Monocotyledonae (Monocotyledons)
Superorder: Liliidae (Lily Superorder)
Order: Liliales (Lily Order)
Family: Alliaceae (Onion Family)
Genus: Allium (Onion)
Species: schoenoprasum (like a bulrush)
Allium schoenoprasum

Allium schoenoprasum is one of the most widely grown herbs, Chives, that make useful flowers for a border. It makes a neat clump of bright grassy leaves to about a foot high, with numerous rounded heads of mauve flowers in summer. There is also a white form, 'Wallington's White'.

The leaves are used mainly as garnish or chopped and used fresh, and have a mild onion flavour.

The plant is hardy, perennial, and self-seeds readily. Clumps can also be divided.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Outside (83 days)
Outside (12 days)

Seed Pod Each small flower on the flower-head produces its own round, white, papery seedpod,
making a chaffy, papery ball when the seeds are ripe.

Seed The seeds are black, segment-shaped, and very light. There are six seeds in a pod.

Seedling The seedling has a single, long, thin grass-like leaf.

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