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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.
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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: 
April 23, 2002 to August 9, 2002April 22, 2003 to July 14, 2003April 23, 2004 to May 25, 2004May 2, 2005 to July 20, 2005April 28, 2006 to June 30, 2006April 25, 2007 to May 29, 2007June 25, 2007 to August 2, 2007May 16, 2008 to August 29, 2008April 24, 2009 to May 29, 2009April 13, 2010 to May 24, 2010May 3, 2011 to May 30, 2011May 27, 2012 to July 20, 2012April 23, 2013 to June 14, 2013May 9, 2014 to June 15, 2014May 1, 2015 to June 15, 2015April 25, 2016 to June 10, 2016April 25, 2018 to July 4, 2018April 22, 2019 to June 3, 2019

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