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Garlic Chives

Allium tuberosum

Similar to Chives but the leaves taste mildly of garlic

Garlic chives are a must have for any herb garden. The clumps of narrow, flattened leaves have a delicate garlic aroma and flavour, with heads of white flowers appearing in summer. Cut the leaves as needed.


Best in a well drained soil.


Cut all the leaves back to just above ground level in midsummer to encourage a second flush of young tender leaves, for you to use into early autumn. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.

Add the leaves to salads, stuffing and sauces. Great with egg dishes. The flowers are also edible.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Spring bulb
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - October
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen No
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Gravel garden, Rock garden, Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to October