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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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