Camassia quamash is a gorgeous true blue BC native with starry lily-like flowers on slender stems in spring from a tuft of grass like foliage.
Camassia quamash (syn. C. esculenta) is a gorgeous true blue BC native with starry lily-like flowers on slender stems in spring. It is a native of garry oak meadows and can take winter moisture and summer dry soils. It will go dormant by summer. Camas lily was an important food crop of the coastal First Nations. The consistency when cooked is like a gummy potato.
Common Name: Camas Lily
Zone Hardiness: 4-9
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Blue
Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow
Bloom Time: Spring
Soil Moisture: Average, Moist
Deer Resistant: Unknown
BC Native: Yes
Native Habitat: Garry oak meadows and rock outcrops. Coastal mountain forests and wet meadows inland. Marshy meadows in coniferous forest to 2300m.
Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America
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