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Thursday, 3 December 2015

FFF211 - CHIVES FLOWER

Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum, in the family Amaryllidaceae. It, like most of the other species of the Allium genus, is a choice edible herb. A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia and North America. A. schoenoprasum is the only species of Allium native to both the New and the Old Worlds.

The name of the species derives from the Greek σχοίνος, skhoínos (sedge) and πράσον, práson (leek). Its English name, chives, derives from the French word cive, from cepa, the Latin word for onion. Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the scapes and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for fish, potatoes, soups, and other dishes. Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests.

The flowers are pale purple, and star-shaped with six petals, 1–2 cm wide, and produced in a dense inflorescence of 10-30 together; before opening, the inflorescence is surrounded by a papery bract. The seeds are produced in a small three-valved capsule, maturing in summer. The herb flowers from April to May in the southern parts of its habitat zones and in June in the northern parts.

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12 comments:

  1. Cream cheese with chives.. yammih!
    The purple blossom is wonderful ;))

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  2. I love the blossom of chives!
    Have a nice and relaxed weekend ... Frauke

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  3. I love that blossom
    and I like the taste of it.
    Have a nice weekend Nick.
    Jen

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  4. of past summer days reminds me your gorgeous image of allium. I love the blossom, allium is growing as an ornamental plant in my garden.
    Thank you for sharing. Have a happy weekend Nick.
    Carmen

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  5. Hello Nik,
    so beautiful, I love these flower picture!
    I wish you a nice 2nd Advent weekend,
    moni

    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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  6. Hi Nick!
    Nice purple blooms!
    Have a happy weekend!
    Gabi

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  7. Greetings Frauke, your bloom from the chive is lovely! Great photo and thank you for linking to Today's Flowers. I have done the same here. Happy week to you.

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