Chives - Allium schoenoprasum


    Very variable, short to medium, tufted plant. Leaves 1 or 2 linear, cylindrical, hollow, grey-green. Flowers pale purple or lilac, with a deep mid vein along each pointed tepal, narrow, bell shaped.

    Identification difficulty

    Often found close to habitation as a casual escape from cultivation where it may persist in small colonies.

    When to see it

    Flowering June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional but quite widespread as a naturalised plant in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded as a wild plant in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map