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Common Camas – Quamash (Camassia quamash)

$7.00
Item #:
691967
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Item #:
691967
Availability:
Currently not available.

Description

Hardy, late spring-flowering, North American bulb
Description:  Star-shaped flowers borne in a terminal raceme of 20-80 per stem; colors vary from deep to pale blue
Habit:  Narrow, grass-like foliage grows to 12 inches; flowering stem 12-18 inches
Culture:  Prefers full sun to light shade and rich, moist soil; plant bulbs 4-6 inches deep; tolerates clay soil
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4

This showy species is native to the western United States and British Columbia.  It was first discovered in 1806 by Meriwether Lewis on the Camas Plains of Idaho during the Corps of Discovery’s travels across the American continent.  In the wild, the bulbs bloom in such profusion that from a distance they appear to form lakes.  In his journals, Lewis described this illusion upon seeing them on the Weippe Prairie: "“the quamash is now in blume and from the colour of its bloom at a short distance it resembles lakes of fine clear water".”  The roots were an essential food for the Native Americans, but caused indigestion among members of the Expedition.

10 bulbs per bag.

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