Allium tuberosum (Garlic Chives) [25 Seeds]

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Germination Information: Garlic chive seed seems to germinate best (for me, at least) in relatively cool conditions, so I suggest sowing 1/4 inch deep in a pot outdoors from late fall to early spring. Some sources report that you can sow them indoors in warm conditions, so you could try that and see how it works for you if you wish.

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Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) does double-duty in the garden, as a showy, late-season perennial flower and a source of tasty greens and edible flowers too. Its leaves are flatter than those of common chives (A. schoenoprasum) and have more of a garlic than onion flavor, but they are equally useful in the kitchen. The starry white flowers, which appear in clusters in late summer to early fall, have a light, sweet scent but also a light garlic flavor. In leaf, the clumps reach about 1 foot; the flowering stems can reach 12 to 18 inches tall. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

As much as I adore this versatile perennial, I have to warn you that it can self-sow readily if you do not shear off the flowering stems as soon as the flowers are done. If you want to collect seeds for sharing, leave just a few of the seedheads to mature.

Harvested in September and October 2020. At least 25 seeds.

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