Mauve Garlic Chives

Allium tuberosum 'Mauve'

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Mauve Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum 'Mauve') at Millcreek Gardens

Mauve Garlic Chives flowers

Mauve Garlic Chives flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  16 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Chinese Chives; Flowering Onion


A lovely ornamental and edible selection, ideal for window boxes, patio containers or herb gardens; showcasing edible green, grass-like foliage topped with fragrant mauve flowers; a mildly zesty addition to salads, marinades or dried for seasonings

Edible Qualities

Mauve Garlic Chives is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The entire above-ground parts of the plant are edible, and can be harvested at any time in the season. The edible parts have a zesty taste.

The plant is most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning

Features & Attributes

Mauve Garlic Chives has masses of beautiful clusters of lightly-scented purple ball-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its grassy leaves remain forest green in color throughout the season. The green fruits are held in clusters from mid spring to early fall.

This is an herbaceous perennial herb with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive
  • Self-Seeding

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Mauve Garlic Chives is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens

Planting & Growing

Mauve Garlic Chives will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated herb garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Garden  Herb 
Flowers  Fruit  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features