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Allium nutans (Siberian chives, Blue flowering garlic chives) Herb Seeds

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Siberian chives, Blue Flowering Garlic Chives (Allium nutans)Herb Seeds

Siberian Chives as the name suggests is native to Siberia also known as 'the blue flowering Garlic chive' due to its flower colour.  The flat, nodding green leaves have a mild onion/garlic flavour. Flowering in July and August, with heads of numerous pale blue/mauve star shaped flowers. As with most chives it requires little maintenance. It may be cut back after flowering if it becomes unsightly, and will respond well to a hard pruning in Spring to get new fresh growth. Clumps may be divided in spring or autumn. The flowers are also attractive to pollinating insects.

This more unusual, blue flower garlic chives are an excellent and highly under-rated addition to a culinary herb garden.

Blue flower Garlic chives will grow in any soil conditions, and although they prefer sunny positions, they will tolerate some shade. Growing to 1ft in the leaf and 2ft in the flower, they are a beautiful specimen when in full bloom, which is usually in summer. The flowers are a blue star-like profusion above the leaf, and when grown in numbers, form a beautiful mass.

Growing Instructions

Sow seeds at any time covering them lightly with compost or grit, keeping in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed, many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.

Herb Usage

Use as any other chive the leaves can be chopped and added into many dishes  such as risottos, omelettes and other egg dishes to add a delicate garlic/onion flavour. The leaves and flowers can be added to salads for flavour and visual interest.

The seeds are also edible, and can be pressed for oil, sprouted or eaten as they are.

Buy Siberian chives Online

Our Siberian chive seeds are generally available to buy online All-year-round.

 

 


Other Details

Growing conditions:
Full sun and free draining soil.
Flower Colour:
Blue
Height x Spread:
30cm x 30cm
Latin Name:
Allium nutans

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