CAMASS

FAMILY: Asparagaceae | GENUS: CAMASSIA

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Bulbs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Ample Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9

Plant Details

Northwest natives. Starlike, slender-petaled blossoms are carried on spikes in late spring, early summer; grasslike basal leaves dry quickly after bloom. Plant in consistently moist, fairly heavy soil, where bulbs can remain undisturbed for many years. Set bulbs 4 inches deep, 6 inches apart. To avoid premature sprouting, plant after weather cools in fall. Resistant to deer and rodents.

camassia cusickii

  • Dense clusters of pale blue flowers are borne on stems that grow to 3 feet tall.
  • A white form is available.

camassia leichtlinii

  • Large, handsome clusters of blue-to-creamy white flowers on stems to 4 feet tall.
  • Sacajawea has white flowers and white-edged leaves.
  • Semiplena has creamy white semidouble blooms.
  • Camassia l.
  • leichtlinii (C.
  • Alba) is white with a faint hint of blue.
  • Camassia l.
  • suksdorfii has blue-to-deep blue-violet flowers; its selection 'Blue Danube' is deep blue.

camassia quamash(Camassia esculenta)

  • Loose clusters of blue flowers on 1- to 2 feet stems.
  • Flowers of 'Orion' are deeper blue.
  • Blue Melody has dark blue flowers and cream-striped foliage.

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