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Allium schoenoprasum (Chive, Allium)

Allium schoenoprasum (Chive, Allium)
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Type Herb, Bulbs, Culinary, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Dark pink Flowers (Spring), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Allium schoenoprasum Description

This repeat flowering allium produces masses of pink balls which are very attractive, both to humans and to insects and bees. Plant this culinary her toward the front of the border where it can be easily harvested and it will not be swamped by plant larger plants. It is ideally suited to cottage garden planting and a allotment stalwart!


Allium schoenoprasum - Cultivation Notes

Chive is a low growing culinary allium, being best grown in well drained fertile soil in full sun, often mixed with other herbs and edible crops, either in a herb garden or on the allotment. Plant as divided clump in autumn and occasionally mulch. Trim young foliage regularly for culinary use.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Allium schoenoprasum:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations

Design & Plant Use for Allium schoenoprasum:

  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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Common Missspellings: Alium, Alleum, Aleum, Alliem, Alieum, Aleam, Alleam

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