Allium schoenoprasum (Chives)
Edible leaves, repels Japanese beetles, attracts lady beetles, prevents apple scab.
Where to Find It: cultivated beds, along edges
Common Name: chives, wild chives
Scientific Name: Allium schoenoprasum
Plant Family: Alliaceae
- Edible parts: flowers, leaves, and roots. The root and leaves have a slight onion flavor and are a great source of sulfur and iron. The flowers are less tasty but make great salad garnishes!
- Common cooking practices: Additions to a mixed salad, flavoring agent in soups, roots treated like an onion, used to flavor fish, spreads, and more!
- Documented medicinal uses: rarely used medicinally, but can help digestion and improve appetite
Etymology: Latin“Allium” relating to the onion and leek
Designing with this plant:
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-11
- Forest Garden Layer: Layer 4: Herbaceous
- Has fragrant flowers that are great for cut bouquets (flowers also attract pollinators)
- The juice can be used as an insect and mole repellent (spray)