As you can see above, the plant has very show clumps of flowers, almost like little bursts of fireworks. It grows readily from seed and without a lot of help from the gardener.
The plant is pretty much completely edible. Use the flowers as a spice for Asian broths. Cut the long, thin leaves into bits and sprinkle on your food for a garlic flavor. I like to put them in my eggs.
You can cut the leaves as much as you want without hurting the plant. You have to uproot it to kill it.
Planted around roses, garlic chives help to keep the aphids off of the roses. I think this is because the aphids are attracted to the chives more than the roses but it's a great, green method of pest control for your roses.
The one drawback is its readiness to grow. It will quickly spread all over your garden. The pictures here show a planting that came up spontaneously...not from my original planting about 20 feet away. They don't compete with other plants and play nicely with them but they can get to be a bit weedy.
It's easy to control by just grabbing a clump of leaves and uprooting it where you don't want it.
A nice addition to your herb garden. Between this and our basil, it's hard to say which one is used more. Available by seed at most garden centers, hardware stores, and in the produce department at Asian supermarkets.
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