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