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Chinese Chives

Allium tuberosum

Also known as

Garlic Chives, Chinese Leek, Oriental Garlic, Asian Chives, Knoffel Grasuie (Afr.), Fragrant-flowered garlic

Chinesischer Lauch Allium tuberosum by Hajotthu (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of the green stems and white flowers of Garlic Chives.

Chinese Chives Overview

Allium tuberosum is a bulbous perennial from the Amaryllidaceae family. Commonly known by the names Garlic Chives, Chinese Chives and Oriental Garlic, amongst others. Garlic Chives are easy to grow, spread easily and grow quickly. Garlic Chives stay green year-round in warmer areas, and in cold areas, leaves and stalks will completely die back and re-sprout in the spring. They can be grown as ornamental plants, culinary herbs, medicinal plants, and pest repellents. Chinese Chives have a taste similar to garlic. Flowers are starry and white, produced in clusters on vertical, unbranched stems.

Common problems with Chinese Chives

Deter most insects, including aphids, mosquitoes, carrot flies and tomato pests. Also useful against moles, mice, slugs, and weevils.

Chinese Chives Companion Plants

Bad companion for Alfalfa

How to harvest Chinese Chives

Cut the leaves with scissors starting with outer leaves, working inwards. Leave 5 cm of leaves remaining—bag seed heads to capture ripening seed.

How to propagate Chinese Chives


Sow indoors in Spring, transplant when they 10 cm high. Sow outdoors in early Summer, 0.5 cm deep and 15-30 cm apart. Germination takes 7-14 days.


Divide clumps yearly.

Special features of Chinese Chives

Attracts useful insects

The flowers attracts bees and butterflies.

Repels harmful insects

Repels aphids, mosquitoes, carrot flies and tomato pests.

Other uses of Chinese Chives

Ornamental. Culinary Herb. Medicinal. Moth repellant.


Roots, stems, leaves, bulbs, flowers, and seeds are edible


Moth repellent