Garlic Chives
Garlic Chives

Garlic Chives

  • Type: Perennial in zones 3 to 10
  • Planting time: Spring, fall
  • Features: Flat, grass-like leaves with mild, part onion-part garlic flavor
  • Light: Full sun
  • Soil: Fertile, moist but well-drained
  • Spacing: 12 to 15 inches
  • Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall, up to 12 inches wide
  • Garden use: Containers, herb and flower gardens
  • Culinary use: Use leaves fresh, dried, or frozen in water or oil

Also known as Chinese leeks, garlic chives impart oniony flavor with a distinctly garlicky overtone. Young leaves are most tender and work well in egg dishes, soups, marinades and Asian cooking (dumplings, pot stickers, and dipping sauces, for example). White, edible flowers appear in summer, and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. Gather stems for bouquets or deadhead to keep plants from self-sowing. (That kind of growth tends to be aggressive in colder regions.) Give garlic chives full sun for best flowering and upright growth. The strappy-leafed clumps make an attractive edging in herb or vegetable gardens. Tolerates frost.

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Garlic Chives is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Garlic Chives more cold hardy Both chives and garlic chives were thriving in a raised bed when a winter here went to 20 below one night and stayed in the teens for several nights in a row. (Very unusual here.) The garlic chives survived. The onion chives did not. The only complaint I have is that if I let the flowers bloom freely (I do) I soon have to dig up some plants to thin them out. Not every year, but about every 3 years. Of course, that means I have plenty to give away!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I love Bonnie Plants so I thought I would try these Garlic Chives. They grew well, harested well and taste... like garlic. Really nothing wrong with them at all - they are just not my 'cup of tea'. I will dig them up (IF they ever come up from the winter) ~ 'gift' them to a friend, and replace them with good old fashion ONION CHIVES (Bonnie Plants of course).
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Garlic chives. The greens when young are good. The blossom is wonderful added to salads. My favorite is when the flowers start to go to seed. Those little green buds are wonderful. And what a joy to watch the bees on this flower. I think they love Garlic Chives as much as I do. Very easy to grow here in the Northwest. If let to go to seed will reseed itself.
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We have grown chives for several years in Tennessee and my mother always grew them in her garden in Wisconsin. They have a lovely flavor and I use them on our potatoes, in soups for garnish and in stir fry. We eat the purple flowers as well as the stalks and I do use them in bouquets with other herbs and some flowers. Easy to grow and they return each year.
Date published: 2015-03-28
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