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Chive (allium schoenoprasum)

This common herb, the smallest member of the liliaceae (onion) family, has long, narrow, tubular stems and on maturing, a purple flower. Chives were a favourite in China as ago 3,000 BC, but also grow wild in Europe.

If grown at home, they should be cut to within 3cm of the ground four times a year to achieve maximum growth. 'Chives; to keep once cut'; 'Chives, Culinary uses'; 'Chives, Medicinal uses'; 'Chives; to keep once cut'

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