Quamash

Camassia quamash

Quamash - Camassia quamash

Common Name: Quamash
Genus: Camassia
Species: quamash

The word Camassia is derived from the common and species name of this plant. The bulbs of this plant or ’Quamash’ were once part of the diet of the North American Indians.

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.05 m (5 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This bulb has thin, long green leaves. Camassia quamash produces spikes of bright blue, star shaped flowers. Providing there is reasonable drainage this is one bulb that can be successfully grown on clay soil as it likes a moisture retentive soil.

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