Allium tuberosum

Also known as:

  • Nira
  • Garlic Chives
  • Kow Choi

Plant Type

perennial, herb, bulb / corm / tuber

Zones

3a-10b

Size

H:12"-19"
W:24"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average, well-drained

Water Needs:

regular

Sun Exposure:

sun

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Features

Flower Color:

white

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

beneficial insects, bees, butterflies, deer resistant

Flower Season:

summer, fall

Texture:

grassy

Foliage Season:

semi-evergreen

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Hoot Owl Hollow Nursery

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New Marshfield, Ohio

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Richmond, California

888-266-4370

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Rare and unusual annual & perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California native wildflowers.

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Canby, Oregon

503-651-2006

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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An unusual vegetable with a distinctive growth habit of strap-shaped leaves & thin, white flower stalks that are much taller than the leaves. It grows to 12-19" in slowly expanding perennial clumps. Besides its use as a vegetable, it also has attractive flowers, which are sometimes used as a spice. Clip the plant down regularly to keep it producing. A relatively new vegetable in the English-speaking world but well-known in Asian cuisine, the flavor of garlic chives is more like garlic than chives, though much milder. Both leaves & the stalks of the flowers are used as a flavoring as well as a stir fry ingredient. In China, they are often used to make dumplings with a combination of egg, shrimp & pork.

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An onion/garlic. Edible. White flowers late August or September. Lovely to have nice fresh blooms when everything else is just about finished. Green very narrow foliage. Slowly expanding clump and may seed a bit. Evergreen in warmer climates.

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Garlic chives are a small-growing member of the allium family. They have a mild garlic flavour that is useful in many dishes. They grow in perennial tufts of narrow, dark green, flat leaves and produce open clusters of white flowers. The leaves and flowers are edible.

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Strap sided grassy leaves have a nice garlic taste, very popular in Chinese cuisine, milder than bulb garlic in stir fry. A pretty little perennial herb, about 12” tall clumping to 18”…silver green leaves, delicate clusters of creamy white flowers August>Sept that are violet scented and delicious. Deer resistant, drought tolerant, will grow around walnuts. May self sow. Sun to light shade, most soils, easy. USDA Z3

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Upright perennial herb with white flowers in mid summer. mild garlic flavor, excellent vinegar additive.

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