The Charming Chive

Meet Allium schoenoprasum, a plant that's as fun to grow as it is to say! More commonly known as the Chive, this plant is a tuber and spring vegetable that adds a pop of color and flavor to any garden or kitchen.

Allium schoenoprasum

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Low Water Needs

Requires occasional watering (once a week), resilient to some dryness.

Adaptable but Rocky Soil Challenging

Adapts well but may find rocky soils challenging due to physical effort needed for planting.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in alkaline to neutral pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Allium schoenoprasum

Standing at a modest 1-1.5 feet tall and spreading about 1-1.5 feet wide, the Chive is a compact plant that packs a punch. Its emerald leaves are not just pretty to look at, they're also scented and nutritious. Come spring and midyear, the plant blooms with plum-colored flowers that are as persistent as they are vivid.

Did you know that Chives are known to attract pollinating species? So, by planting Chives, you're not just growing a culinary delight, but also helping local pollinators!

Also known as

Common Chive
Giant garlic
Wild Chives
Wild chive


Yes, the Chive is edible. Its leaves are a popular culinary ingredient, and even its flowers can be cooked!

Our design recommendations

The Chive's compact size and attractive features make it a great choice for perimeter and collective planting. Its emerald leaves and plum flowers add a pop of color to any garden, while its scent can help keep certain pests away. Chives are versatile and can be grown in various locations. They're perfect for tubs, terraces, playgrounds, pocket gardens, and even along footpaths. They're also a popular choice for domestic plants.