Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum, the smallest species of the edible onions.
A perennial plant, it is native to Europe, Asia and North America. Chives are a commonly used herb
and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens.
In culinary use, the scapes are diced and used as an ingredient for fish, potatoes, soups, and other
dishes. Chives are grown for their leaves, which are used for culinary purposes as a flavoring herb.
Chives are cultivated both for their culinary uses and their ornamental value; the violet flowers are
often used in ornamental dry bouquets.