Chives is the name given to the smallest species of the onion family, which also includes onions, garlic, shallots and leeks. Chives have long, hollow, grasslike stalks that get up to about 24 inches long. They generally grow in clumps.
When the stalks are eaten they have a light but oniony flavour. The leaves of chives are used, after shredding.
The Latin name for chives is Allium Schoenoprasum.
When left to flower, they develop light lavender, pom-pom-like flower.