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Allium schoenoprasum - Wild Chives

Friday, June 21, 2013

By: Samantha Yurek


Chives growing on the Bronx County Courthouse, June 2013
Photocredit: Jörg Breuning - Green Roof Technology

Wild Chives are a favorite in the culinary world, used as flavoring and toppings for so many dishes. This perennial is the smallest species of edible onions, deriving from the same family as leeks, shallots, garlic and other onions. It's native land is vast, covering North America, Europe and Asia. But it grows best in full sun within the hardiness zones 4-8. Growing from small bulbs underground, the tubular stalks are extremely fragrant. The bulbs tend to grow closer together forming clusters. Usually growing to around a foot tall, they produce lavender flowers in the summer that look similar to pom-poms and are great for attracting bees.

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