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Camassia quamash


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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






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photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (103262)

Plant details

Sometimes known as wild hyacinths, camassias come from North America where the huge bulbs were a traditional wild food crop. They are striking plants when in flower, very long-lived and a perfect choice for naturalising in long grass and wildflower gardens, or in a bog garden which will satisfy their love of moist conditions - unusually for bulbs, they will even tolerate wet soil in winter. For best effect, plant in large drifts so that their tall slender stems of star-like white, blue or mauve flowers can make a strong impact.

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Camassia

Species: quamash

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: May to June

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