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Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Garlic chives, one of six Plant Profiles featured in our Chives Collection.

Garlic Chives

Garlic Chives

Garlic chives have thin, flat leaves and a delicate garlic flavor. You may also see them labeled as Chinese leeks. In their second year of growth, these plants will produce lovely white flowers which you can cut for floral arrangements or pull apart to sprinkle on dips, sauces, soups, and more. A great addition to potato salad. Cut the leaves off at ground level.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun (six to eight hours) to partial shade

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 4 to 9


  • thin to 2 to 8 inches apart
  • space rows 18 inches


  • 1 inch per week or less


  • prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter

Have you ever grown Garlic chives? Please tell us your favorite thing about them and your experiences growing Garlic chives.


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