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Snowcap Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

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

Snowcap Chives

Snowcap Chives

Snowcap chives are a semi-dwarf variety that produces white spherical blooms and gray-green foliage, both of which are edible. This compact plant holds up well under heat and humidity and is drought-tolerant once it’s established. If you don’t want it to reseed, be sure to deadhead the flowers before they go to seed; better yet, use them in a salad or a flower arrangement.

Sun Exposure

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

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 4 to 8


  • thin to 24 inches apart
  • space rows 36 inches


  • 1 inch per week or less


  • prefers well-drained soil
  • no serious insect or disease problems
  • root rot may occur in poorly-drained soil

Do you grow Snowcap chives? If so, please tell us your top tips for ensuring a delicious harvest.


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