Botanical description

Hooker Chives is a bulbous herb with thick, fleshy roots. Bulbs are clustered and cylindrical. Leaves are linear, shorter than or almost equalling the flowering scape, 0.5-1 cm wide, midvein distinct. Scape usually arises from base of bulb, 20-60 cm tall, usually without leaf sheaths, sometimes with 1. Flowers are borne in hemispheric to spherical, many flowered umbels. Flower-stalks are nearly equal, 2-3 time as long as the petals. Tepals are white or greenish yellow to yellow, lanceshaped, 4-7.5 × 1-1.5 mm, tip long-pointed, sometimes unequally 2-lobed. Filaments are very narrow, tapering above, slightly shorter than or equaling the tepals, fused at base and fixed to perianth segments.[3]


Toxic parts

Although no individual reports regarding this species have been seen, there have been cases of poisoning caused by the consumption, in large quantities and by some mammals, of certain members of this genus. Dogs seem to be particularly susceptible[4].

Edible uses


In Manipur, the plant is extensively used to garnish the cooking. It is a fairly common ingradient in pakoras, ommlettes and an essential ingradient in paaknam[5].


Raw as a Salad

The raw flowers can be used as a garnish on salads.

Leaves, Bulb

Raw, Cooked as a Vegetable

The leaves and bulb can be eaten raw or cooked[1].

Material uses

Whole plant

Repellent, Insect Repellent

The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles[2].

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Although no specific mention of medicinal uses has been seen for this species, members of this genus are in general very healthy additions to the diet. They contain sulphur compounds (which give them their onion flavour) and when added to the diet on a regular basis they help reduce blood cholesterol levels, act as a tonic to the digestive system and also tonify the circulatory system[K].
There are no medicinal uses listed for Allium hookeri.


Ecosystem niche/layer


Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.




Nothing listed.


Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle - if you want to produce clumps more quickly then put three plants in each pot. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter and plant them out into their permanent positions in spring once they are growing vigorously and are large enough. Division in spring. The plants divide successfully at any time in the growing season, pot up the divisions in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are growing well and then plant them out into their permanent positions.



The plant is cultivated as a food crop in southern China[6]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.

Prefers a sunny position in a light well-drained soil[7]. The bulbs should be planted fairly deeply[7]. Most members of this genus are intolerant of competition from other growing plants[8]. Grows well with most plants, especially roses, carrots, beet and chamomile, but it inhibits the growth of legumes[9][2][10]. This plant is a bad companion for alfalfa, each species negatively affecting the other[11].

Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[12].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Allium hookeri. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Allium hookeri.




None listed.


None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Allium hookeri
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
  • Flowers (Salad)
  • Leaves Bulb (Vegetable)
Material uses
  • Whole plant (Repellent Insect Repellent)
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? 1.01.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (32202/01/01)
    2. ? Riotte. L. Companion Planting for Successful Gardening. Garden Way, Vermont, USA. ISBN 0-88266-064-0 (32202/01/01)
    3. ? [Allium hookeri] Wikipedia (Español) (2013/06/11)
    4. ? Cooper. M. and Johnson. A. Poisonous Plants in Britain and their Effects on Animals and Man. HMSO ISBN 0112425291 (32202/01/01)
    5. ? Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named FlowersOfIndia
    6. ? 6.06.1 [Flora of China] (32202/01/01)
    7. ? 7.07.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (32202/01/01)
    8. ? Davies. D. Alliums. The Ornamental Onions. Batsford ISBN 0-7134-7030-5 (32202/01/01)
    9. ? Philbrick H. and Gregg R. B. Companion Plants. Watkins (32202/01/01)
    10. ? Hatfield. A. W. How to Enjoy your Weeds. Frederick Muller Ltd ISBN 0-584-10141-4 (32202/01/01)
    11. ? Allardice.P. A - Z of Companion Planting. Cassell Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-304-34324-2 (32202/01/01)
    12. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (32202/01/01)

    Cite error: <ref> tag with name "FlowersOfIndie" defined in <references> is not used in prior text.