Chives

Allium schoenoprasum

[allium_schoenoprasum]

Chives have been in American kitchen gardens since the colonial era, perhaps owing to their robust nature and tasty leaves, which are most commonly used to season soups, cream cheese, etc. Jefferson grew Chives in the kitchen garden at Monticello and recorded planting it in the submural beds in 1813. Chives form clumps 12 inches high and 12 to 18 inches wide. Their attractive lavender flowers bloom in late spring and are good for cuttings as well as in salads.

Growth Type: Perennial Color(s): Purple Hardiness Zones: 2 - 9 Location at Monticello: Vegetable Garden Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 23 – Aug 92003: Apr 22 – Jul 142004: Apr 23 – May 252005: May 2 – Jul 202006: Apr 28 – Jun 302007: Apr 25 – May 292007: Jun 25 – Aug 22008: May 16 – Aug 292009: Apr 24 – May 292010: Apr 13 – May 242011: May 3 – May 302012: May 27 – Jul 202013: Apr 23 – Jun 142014: May 9 – Jun 15