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Camassia quamash - Blue Camass - 20 Seeds

Camassia quamash - Blue Camass - 20 Seeds

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Camassia quamash - Blue Camass - 20 Seeds

Camassia quamash - Blue Camass - 20 Seeds

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Camassia quamash - Blue Camass

This is a listing for 20 seeds of this hardy bulbous plant.

Camassia quamash, commonly known as camas, small camas, common camas or quamash, is a perennial herb. It is one species of the genus Camassia and is native to western North America in large areas of southern Canada and the northwestern United States, from British Columbia and Alberta to California and east from Washington state to Montana and Wyoming.

The name quamash is from Nez Perce qém’es, a term for the plant's bulb, which was gathered and used as a food source by tribes in the Pacific Northwest. The bulbs were harvested and pit-roasted or boiled by women of the Nez Perce, Cree, and Blackfoot tribes. It also provided a valuable food source for the members of the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804–1806).

The pale blue to deep blue flowers grow in a raceme at the end of the stem. Each of the radially symmetrical, star-shaped flowers have 6 petals. The stems have a length between 30 cm and 90 cm. The leaves are basal and have a grass-like appearance.

Camas is not just an edible plant, it is also grown as an ornamental plant. Even in the wild, large numbers of camas can color an entire meadow blue-violet.


Hardy in zones 4 and up, this prefers a location in full sun or semi-shade and is tolerant of most soil types. 

Full growing instructions can be downloaded from my website, details of which are on my 'Me' page


 
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Variety Hyacinths
Type Seeds
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