Small hardy perennial plant (Allium schoenoprasum) of the family Alliaceae, related to the onion. Its small, white, elongated bulbs and thin, tubular leaves grow in clumps. Dense, attractive, spherical umbels of bluish or lilac flowers rise above the foliage. The leaves may be cut off at ground level and used for seasoning foods.
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