Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum - Culinary Herb
A perennial plant, it is native to Europe, Asia and North America, Chives are a commonly used herb. The scapes and the unopened immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for fish, potatoes, soups, and other dishes.
Chives are a good companion plant as they have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests.
A good flowering plant attractive to bees!
The underground bulbs are rather small, and rarely exceed 10 mm in diameter. They can be harvested with the leaves still attached and be used as spring onions. They have a pleasant mild onion flavour.
The flowers appear from late spring to early summer and are bright pink, forming on the top of the tall leaves, and can be used as a garnish in salads.
Grows to a height of around 30 cm.
Fully hardy to -15°C and well under.