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Garlic Chives October 4, 2011

I love this late-blooming herb. Garlic chive (allium tuberosum) is in the onion family and can be started from seed quite effortlessly. It looks very much like a regular chive, but the greens are flatter and wonderfully fragrant (but then I love the smell of garlic!). Since it blooms in late-summer, I can enjoy the white blossoms when most of my other flowers are done blooming.

But more than just enjoying the look and smell in my garden, garlic chive is a flavorful addition to any dish you’d normally use garlic in. Try it raw in a salad or added to a one-pot supper for extra fresh flavor.

It would make a nice potted herb since it’s easy to grow and this would help keep it contained. It spreads easily, so I aggressively thin out the new seedlings that seem to have feet everywhere! You can help contain it if you don’t let the blossoms go to seed or border it so it doesn’t creep into neighboring plant spaces.

I have so much, I often snip it while it’s blooming, bundle tie the greens together with a bit of twine and hang them decoratively in my kitchen or back porch.

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Do you have of allium in your yard? What variety(ies)?

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  5. Debra Says:

    I do have garlic chive in my herb bed but I don’t have a problem with it being invasive or spreading. It’s been there a couple years now and I snip it often.

    • Paula B Says:

      I think that’s the key, Debra. If it never goes to seed, it can’t spread as easily. I could snip mine more often than I do! Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to comment. 🙂 Looking forward to perusing your Web site.

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