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Chives are a small clump-forming onion relative. The stems are frequently used as a culinary herb, and the flowers are attractive to pollinators.

Latin Name

Allium schoenoprasum



Type of Plant

Bulbs Bulbs
Herbs Herbs

Bloom Season

April - May


Spring Spring
Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Herb
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Black Walnut

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Balkans, Siberia, Asia Minor


    William Byrd II recorded chives on his plant list in 1736.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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