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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden

  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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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

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