Allium tuberosum

Allium tuberosum

Garlic chives

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Allium tuberosum
  • Common name: Garlic chives
  • Plant type: Herb
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 40cm

Spread: 15cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Allium tuberosum

Garlic chives or Chinese chives, Allium tuberosum, are a close relative of ordinary chives, and are just as easily grown by the same cultivation methods. But the normal mild onion flavour is replaced by a pleasantly sweet garlic flavour, especially when the leaves are young, and regular harvest will ensure this.

Allium tuberosum is especially useful when garlic bulbs are unavailable, and may be kept going in pots over winter indoors to prolong supplies.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Succeeds on poor soil, Low maintenance
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested

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