Common Name Garlic chives
Light sun to part
Moisture dry to mesic
Edible greens, flowers, bulb
In cold climates aerial parts of chives will die back completely to the ground and the roots/rhizomes will over-winter and then re-sprout in spring time. Leaves, stalks and immature flower buds are used as a flavoring in a similar way to chives, green onions or garlic. The flavor is destroyed by lengthy cooking. The small bulbs are about 10mm in diameter and are produced in clusters on a short rhizome.
Allium tuberosum is one of several Allium species known as wild onion and/or wild garlic that in various parts of the world are listed as noxious weeds.
The whole plant is antibacterial, cardiac, depurative, digestive, stimulant and is used as a tonic. It is an anti-emetic herb that improves kidney function. It is used internally to treat urinary incontinence, kidney and bladder weaknesses, etc. The seed is carminative and stomachic. They are used in India in the treatment of spermatorrhoea. The leaves and the bulbs are applied to bites, cuts and wounds.
The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles.