Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, are an edible species of the genus Allium. Their close relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onion. A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America.
This variety has white flowers and reproduces by bunching root. The flavor is milder than that of its purple blossomed relative. Chives are often used in Asian cooking and has a flavor similar to scallion, or green onion.