NAME: Blue Camas
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Camass / Camas Lily / Wild Hyacinth / Indian Hyacinth / Small Camas / Common Camas / Common Camash / Swamp Sego / Quamash
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Camassia Quamash
PLANT SEEDS: Fall / Cold stratify / Outdoors after frost / Indoors weeks before last frost
BLOOM TIME: April - June
HARDINESS ZONE: 3 - 9
PLANT HEIGHT: 12 - 18"
PLANT SPACING: 6 - 9"
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Moist
QUANTITY: 30 Seeds
OTHER: The Blue Camas is native to the western US & Canada. The plants have bright green grass like foliage and showy 2” blue flowers with yellow anthers. The star shaped blooms attract bees, butterflies, & HUMMINGBIRDS. Thankfully though, the plants are deer, rabbit, & rodent resistant.
These tough little plants are able to grow well in a variety of conditions. They are often found in moist areas like along streambanks, etc, but also tolerate hot & dry conditions very well, & won’t let heavy clay soils stop them. Camas is often planted in groups, & can be grown in beds, borders, or containers, & is popular for naturalizing.
The Blue Camas produces bulbs … and from Wikipedia …
“Camas has been a food source for many native peoples in the western United States and Canada. After being harvested in the autumn, once the flowers have withered, the bulbs are pit-roasted or boiled. A pit-cooked camas bulb looks and tastes something like baked sweet potato, but sweeter, and with more crystalline fibers due to the presence of inulin in the bulbs - an oligosaccharide responsible for the copious flatulence caused by excessive consumption or consumption of undercooked bulbs. People have also dried the bulbs to then be pounded into flour.”
“While the bulbs of Camassia species are edible and nutritious, the white-flowered meadow death-camas (which is not in Camassia, but part of the genus Toxicoscordion that grows in the same areas) is toxic, and the bulbs are difficult to distinguish.” So please know what you are eating before doing so. If not, just look at it & enjoy the view :)
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Jun 18, 2020
I appreciate receiving my order on time and the little extra gift of lettuce seeds. Thank you.
Jun 12, 2020
seeds look just perfect, now let's see the flowers!
May 20, 2020
Received quickly and safely. Would have liked some detailed instructions on how to cold stratify the seeds. Hopefully the info Wikipedia gave me is accurate and will work. I'll probably sow some in the ground but most in pots to raise them indoors over the winter.
May 14, 2020
Seeds looks good! Will plant soon! Thank you!
Apr 28, 2020
Love this item. Shipped and received in a timely fashion. The seeds are currently in my fridge waiting for a fall planting.