Allium schoenoprasum (PROSEA)
- Family: Liliaceae
- Chives (En)
- Ciboulette, civette (Fr)
- Cambodia: kukiiw
- Laos: hoom pèèn
- Thailand: kuichai-farang, kuichai-baiklom (central), hom-paen (northern).
Wild throughout the northern hemisphere. Cultivated worldwide but mostly in temperate countries.
Leaves are used in salads and for flavouring. It is also used as an ornamental.
- Perennial, very variable herb, 15-50 cm tall.
- Leaves narrow, tubular, terete, 10-50 cm × 1-7 mm.
- Bulbs gregarious, ovoid-oblongoid, 1-3 cm long, forming few to many lateral bulbs; in cultivated plants all bulbs inconspicuous.
- Flowers usually purple, in terminal subspherical heads without bulbils.
It can be cultivated in the tropics at higher altitudes on a wide range of soils. Propagation is by division or by seed. In Thailand it is grown to a small extent commercially and for home consumption. World area of commercial production is about 1000 ha. Sometimes confused with Allium chinense G. Don.
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