Camassia leichtlinii v. suksdorfii

great camas

Habit: grows from a solitary starchy bulb, with numerous basal, grass-like leaves forming a 2 ft (60cm) tall clump of foliage. Spikes of 5 to 20 blue to violet, star-shaped flowers, consisting of 6 yellow stamens and 6 tepals of similar size and shape, rise above the foliage. The withering tepals twist together around developing papery capsules. Blooms from May to July.

Ecology: found usually in wetlands but also in moist meadows, hillsides and roadsides, from British Columbia to the Sierra Nevada at elevations of 2000-8000 ft (610-2438m).


Growing Conditions: full sun to partial shade in humus rich, moist to wet well-drained soil in the winter and spring, and dry soil in the summer.

Great camas is seen in the wild as large fields of blue in the spring.


Herbaceous Perennial (bulb)
2-3 ft (60-90 cm)
6-12 in (15-30 cm)
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