Blue Melody Camas has tall spikes of deep blue, star-shaped flowers. The color really pops against the yellow and green variegated foliage. These bulbs will tolerate damp meadows and pond edges and even heavy clay soil. They flower in late spring to early summer and adapt well to either full sun or part shade. Try to resist the temptation to cut back the flower stems until they have set seed. That way the will self-seed and produce more bulbs.
Star-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies
Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of native bees
Tolerates damp meadows and heavy clay
Considered one of the easiest native bulbs to grow
Will naturalize by self seeding
Native to the mountain states of the Northwest and California. Found in moist areas that dry by late spring.
Camas was gathered by the Nez Perce, Cree and Blackfoot tribes, who pit-roasted or boiled them for food. It was also an important food source for members of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806.
Wait to cut back spent flowers until the plants have set seed in order to increase the number of bulbs you have.