It is its versatility that makes chives such a great plant to grow with your kids. It is of course a culinary herb and part of the onion family, but its flowers are beautiful – a delicate ball of pinky, purple.
The child and family friendly properties of the chive plant Allium Schoenoprasum include :-
- It is a hardy perennial, which means it will come up every year.
- It has edible leaves and flowers.
- It requires little maintenance.
- It is relatively pest free.
- Its clumps will cope with being hit by balls.
Chives are an essential addition to any herb garden. Equally you could equally grow them in any flower border or in pots. Ideally they like well-drained soil and full sun, but they will grow in other conditions. You can grow from seed in the spring or buy one or two pots from the local garden centre. You will need to cut it down in late summer or autumn so it can grow again in the spring.
This year in our house we have watched and photographed the flower heads developing, picked them as a cut flower and eaten both leaves and flowers. We still have some dried chive flowers in a vase. All from one plant. Not bad I reckon!
If you liked this then please take a look at other family friendly plants selected for our Floral Friday feature,