Chives, Wild (Allium schoenoprasum v. sibiricum)
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Chives, Wild (Allium schoenoprasum v. sibiricum)
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(Chives, Wild - 01)  Wild chives are one of the first appearing wildflowers in the spring, often appearing as tufts of grass.  The flowers begin to develop several weeks later.  This particular cluster of wild chives seems to have fallen over during a heavy rain.  The literature says that wild chives can grow to heights of two feet, but the ones we've seen were not much over one foot in height.

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 01a)  The leaves of the wild chives are long and narrow and come to a point at the top.  In cross-section, the leaves are hollow and oval shaped.  The younger leaves are flavorful and and make a nice addition to a salad or a dip.

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 02)  The flower clusters of wild chives develop at the tip of stalks that resemble the leaves.  They are a member of the onion family (Allium), and as the name "sibiricum" implies, wild chives were first described in Siberia.

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 03)  Wild chives grow from slender bulbs that are about one inch in length.  They seem to prefer moist well drained soil, but will grow even in clay soils.  Though we have seen wild chives growing in woods, we haven't observed any flowering of plants growing in shady places.  This particular plant was growing in bright sunlight.  We could not identify the dark speck on the flower cluster.  The flower clusters are about 3/4 to 1 inch across.

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 03a)  In this photo we get a closer look at the individual tiny wild chives flowers.  Each light purple flower has six petals, six stamens, and one pistil.  The stamens and pistil are easy to identify in the flower to the left of the dark speck.

 

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 03b)  The flowers of the wild chives are so densely packed together that it is hard to distinguish which petal belongs to which flower.

 

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 03c)  This is another bee's-eye view of some of the wild chives flowers.  There is a wonderful sense of both peace and awe when we observe the beauty of God's creation.

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 04)  In this bee's-eye look into the bowl of a single wild chives flower, we can count the six petals.

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 05)  In early spring, the wild chives grow up through last year's fallen leaves.

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 06)  At a distance, wild chives look like a tuft of grass, but upon closer examination, the tubular stalks can be identified.  Also, at this stage of development, wild chives and garlic look very much alike.

 

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 06a)  In this photo, we have a closer look at the tubular stalks of the wild chives.

 

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 007)  This clump of wild chives is in various stages of the blooming process from the newly developing buds to flowers that are beginning to open.

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 08)  This is another look at some of the wild chives buds and flowers that are just beginning to open.

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 08a)  From our observations, it appears that wild chives do not have separate stems and leaves, but that any leaf it capable of producing a flower, as can be seen in the leaf tip of the leaf in the top center of the photo.

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 08b)  This photo gives us a closer look at one of the wild chives flower buds.

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 09)  This wild chives flower cluster is just beginning to open.

 

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 10)  These wild chives are beginning to bloom.

 

 

 

 

(Chives, Wild - 11)  This is a side view of a wild chives flower bud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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