Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chinese Chives 'Allium tuberosum'

Sometimes sold as "Garlic Chives" this perennial member of the Onion Family thrives as well here in Tampa as it did in Denver, not only multiplying at the base but also reseeding from the spent white globular bloom clusters. The leaves can be snipped as needed year round in mild climates, plus the clump can be lifted and divided to yield "mini-scallions". Some Asian selected forms are grown mainly for their unopened flower bud clusters. I've noticed that a few people do not like the flavor or odor, finding both too musty. I have two forms...the usual wide leaf type and a narrow leaf type that Mary Jo gave me. John

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