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Allium tuberosum Garlic Chives

Garlic Chives in bloom

A more beautiful lily there has never been. For lovers of garlic, this certainly holds true. The subtle garlic flavor of Garlic Chives are perfect for use in uncooked dishes where raw regular garlic might be overwhelming or too spicy.

This Asian beauty is sometimes called Perennial Chinese Chives or  Chinese leeks or even just leek. While not the true leek, this is probably a reference to their blades which resemble little leek leaves. 

Garlic Chive Plant and a close up of its little flowers.

Garlic Chive flowers, which are also edible, bloom in the warmth of summer, which is in contrast to the early spring flowers of regular Chives.

Let a few flower heads go to seed and ripen. The shiny black seeds are a peppery delicacy when sprouted: the perfect winter treat.

When they are in full bloom the beneficial insects and bees flock to the pure white nectar rich Garlic Chive flowers.

Garlic Chive Plant flower full of beneficial insects.

The Flat Blades of Garlic Chives

As you can see here, Garlic Chives have a flat blade. Regular Chives, on the other hand, have hollow spears.  Both are great tasting and easy to grow and can be used interchangeably in recipes. The finely chopped blades are great added to stir-frys and egg dishes.

Garlic Chives do make a very small bulb that can be used like a small green onion. Harvest bulbs while the flower is still a bud. Be sure to leave some of the bulbs in the ground so the plant can continue to grow. Harvest blades by cutting all the way to the ground. This allows new foliage to be free of grassy half blades that have been left behind to turn brown on the tips.

Garlic Chives are sometimes grown blanched, or without light, to produce white blades, similar to white asparagus. Like all plants, Garlic Chives prefer fertile ground. Divide every few years when production seems to slow. 

Garlic Chives planted with one Chive and Corsican Mint

This 20 Inch Oval Pot has three of our three inch pots of Garlic Chives planted on the left and one pot of regular Chives on the right. If you notice in the top photo the section on the right where the Chives are is not yet blooming.

The low growing green ground cover on the right is Corsican Mint, the most aromatic and smallest of all the mints.

Garlic Chives are one of the six plants included in our 
Gourmet Herb Garden Six Pack.They also make a great addition to
our Windowsill Herb Garden Six Pack and our Edible Flower Garden Six Pack.

Cultural Information

Height: 1 Foot    

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 3-11

Flower Color: White   

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Herbaceous

Uses: Butterfly Plant,
Culinary,
Edible Flowers

Organic Garlic Chive Plant

$4.95 per 3 inch pot

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