Garlic chives (botanical name Allium tuberosum) may look like onion chives—also referred to as simply "chives"—but they actually taste like garlic. And whereas onion chives are hollow, garlic chives are distinguishable from chives by their flat, broader leaves and fragrant white flowers.
Garlic chives are also known as Chinese chives, Oriental garlic, Asian chives, and Chinese leek. This is because they are native to southwestern China, have been around for more than 4,000 years, and have been cultivated in other parts of Asia as well as around the world for culinary use. Garlic chives are also known for being ornamental plants.