Features: Flat, grass-like leaves with mild, part onion-part garlic flavor
Light: Full sun
Soil: Fertile, moist but well-drained
Spacing: 12 to 15 inches
Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall, up to 12 inches wide
Garden use: Containers, herb and flower gardens
Culinary use: Use leaves fresh, dried, or frozen in water or oil
Also known as Chinese leeks, garlic chives impart onion flavor with a distinctly garlicky overtone. Young leaves are most tender and work well in egg dishes, soups, marinades and Asian cooking (dumplings, pot stickers, and dipping sauces, for example). White, edible flowers appear in summer, and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. Gather stems for bouquets or deadhead to keep plants from self-sowing. (That kind of growth tends to be aggressive in colder regions.) Give garlic chives full sun for best flowering and upright growth. The strappy-leafed clumps make an attractive edging in herb or vegetable gardens. Tolerates frost.