Plant of the Week

Camassia leichtlinii – commonly called the Camass or Quamash – is an easy to grow, but lovely, flowering bulb. It grows up to 85cm tall, producing loose clusters of intense blue starry flowers, and quickly dies back to ground level after flowering.  It grows well in any good garden soil in semi shade or full sun, but it is important that the soil doesn’t completely dry out. Native to western US states like Utah and Texas, the plant is a member of the lily family. The American Indians gathered bulbs to eat; they are good fried. (Please don’t eat the ones in the Parks, though.) The name Camassia comes from the Indian dialect word Quamash.

Camassia leichtlinii
Camassia leichtlinii
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