Camassia quamash
Common Camas

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DESCRIPTION
Common Camas
Camassia quamash

This is a native bulb that thrives in moist soils. Broad, grass-like leaves form a clump that gives rise to long, bud carrying stems that open to reveal brilliant blue, star shaped flowers in mid-spring.  This bulb thrives in moist areas but will tolerate dry soils and is easy to grow.

BENEFITS
Beautiful, easy to grow native bulb
Thrives in moist soil
A favorite elk and moose and other grazers
Perfect for massing in a rain garden
Unparalleld blue flower color
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Washington to Montana, south to California, Utah and Wyoming.

Interesting Facts

A Native American food staple, Quamash is nutritious and tastes similar to sweet potato when cooked.  A dangerous look alike, Death Camas is extremely poisonous but shows white flowers instead of blue, but its bulbs are very similar to Quamash.

The cultivation, processing, and trade of the camas bulb is a prime example of how native Americans used native plants to sustain themselves and for trade withothers, including with the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Death camas (Zigadenus venenosus) can be confused with edible camas bulbs and is toxic. Be sure of your identification of camas bulbs before eating them!

GROWING TIPS

Mature Size: 12-36in. Wide x 6-9in. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 5-8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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