Nov. 17, 2017

chives, Allium schoenoprasum

Continuing toward the fen, one walks down a two-track through an old borrow pit. This small area was the source for trap sand for the neighboring golf course. It now has a nice selection of wildflowers, including chives. Chives is the only onion native to both the Old and New Worlds. They are two different subspecies, but now we have plenty of both on this continent. The one pictured here is the introduced variety. Natives are more northern. Chives of one variety or another grow in AK, CO, CT, ID, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI(T), MN, MO, MT, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY, and through Canada except Prince Edward. Lenawee Co MI, 5/13/12.