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Chives

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: 
Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 23 to 2002 Aug 92003 Apr 22 to 2003 Jul 142004 Apr 23 to 2004 May 252005 May 2 to 2005 Jul 202006 Apr 28 to 2006 Jun 302007 Apr 25 to 2007 May 292007 Jun 25 to 2007 Aug 22008 May 16 to 2008 Aug 292009 Apr 24 to 2009 May 292010 Apr 13 to 2010 May 242011 May 3 to 2011 May 302012 May 27 to 2012 Jul 202013 Apr 23 to 2013 Jun 142014 May 9 to 2014 Jun 152015 May 1
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