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Allium schoenoprasum 'Forescate'

Chives

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (25092)

Plant details

Chives are one of the key plants in a herb garden, and have been used for their culinary and medicinal properties for thousands of years, being grown in China 3,000BC. 'Forescate' scores over its species parent being taller and more vigorous, with purple-pink flowers against the pale purple or sometimes white petals. The best way to harvest and maintain a fresh supply of leaves is to cut them to about 3cm above the ground four times a year. Plants enjoy rich soil (unlike the Mediterranean herbs which like poor ground) in full sun. They can also be grown to the front of a flower border, forming an attractive miniature edge with their fresh green leaves. Use in salads and soups, etc.

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: schoenoprasum

Cultivar: Forescate

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 40cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to divide plants: March to April


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