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Old May 13, 2016   #1
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Default Allium carinatum 'Keeled Garlic'

I've been growing this for a number of years, I bought a plant many years ago at a little herb nursery it was labeled 'Winter Chives', I've only seen for sale once and have never seen it for sale anywhere since. It is a prolific seeder so I grow it in pots and nip the flowers off as soon as they start to fade or you'll have all over the place. I have used it in the winter in place of my chives that had gone dormant.
Are any of you growing it, if so how do you use it?
The little bit of information I did find on it said...
Allium carinatum or keeled garlic ia a native European allium that grows in grasslands and woodlands. It's a hardy plant that will survive a frosty winter. It will grow in most types of soil, even heavy clay. The leaves are thin and long, usually arching over. The flowers grow on top of tall upright stems; loose balls of deep dusky pink blooms. It will grow in full sun or partial shade and it likes moist soil. It spreads fast so it can become invasive. (I don't know why but I seem to be drawn to aggressive plants, just like a moth to a flame)
It's a beneficial edible plant that can help to reduce cholesterol and improve your digestive and circulatory systems.

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Old May 13, 2016   #2
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Is it aq perennial or does it just reseed? What does it taste like?
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Old May 13, 2016   #3
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Rosedude, it's a perennial, the taste of the leaves is close to regular chives.
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Old May 13, 2016   #4
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Garlic chives?
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Old May 13, 2016   #5
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Flat leafed? Or round?
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Old May 13, 2016   #6
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Leaf is flat but narrower than garlic chives.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=Keele...P5L1fDrzHGM%3A
Pretty when in flower.
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