Botanical descriptionHooker 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.
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.
Raw as a Salad
The raw flowers can be used as a garnish on salads.
Prefers a sunny position in a light well-drained soil. The bulbs should be planted fairly deeply. Most members of this genus are intolerant of competition from other growing plants. Grows well with most plants, especially roses, carrots, beet and chamomile, but it inhibits the growth of legumes. This plant is a bad companion for alfalfa, each species negatively affecting the other.Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer.
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- Flowers (Salad)
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- Whole plant (Repellent Insect Repellent)
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