Sweden wildflowers: Chives

Allium schoenoprasum, SE: Gräslök, DE: Schnittlauch,
NL: Bieslook, UK: Chives

Scientific name:  Allium schoenoprasum L.
Swedish name:  Gräslök
German name:  Schnittlauch
Nederlandse naam:  Bieslook
English name:  Chives
Family:  Alliaceae, Onion family, Lökväxter

Sweden Flowers,Allium schoenoprasum, Gräslök, Schnittlauch, Bieslook, Chives

Life form:  Perennial herb
Stems:  Height 10-30 cm, stems roundish
Leaves:  Leaves roundish
Flowers:  Reddish-purple, violet flowers in an umbel (with an axis so short it appears the flowers all originate from the same point)
Flowering Period:  June-July
Fruits:  Capsule
Habitat:  Terrestrial, wetlands
Distribution:   Öland and Gotland, limestone soil

Allium schoenoprasum, Gräslök, Schnittlauch, Bieslook, Chives


Derivation of the botanical name:
Allium, onion, chive and garlic. From the classical Latin name for garlic.
schoenoprasum, Greek skhoínos rush or reed; práson leek. The English name, chives, derives from the French word cive, from cepa, the Latin word for onion.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Flowers in Sweden, Wildflowers, Nature