Shipping Nov – Dec

Camas, Blue Live Bulbs (Camassia quamash)



Family:  Lily (Liliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

Bulbous herbaceous perennial.  Native to the NW.  Prefers moist garden soil of meadowland that is moist in the spring and gets dry in the summer. Flowers deep blue violet, on long racemes, excellent for cutting. Bulbs a major foodstuff of the Native Americans, roasted in pits, providing a sweet and nutritious staple food. These are actually very easy and rewarding from seed.  Flowers deep blue violet, on long racemes, excellent for cutting.   Always transplant dormant bulbs in the fall.  Plant prefers full sun, and soils that are very wet in the winter and go dry in the summer.  Plant bulbs 3 to 6 inches deep and at least 6 inches apart.

Camas bulbs are fresh, untreated and not genetically modified.

Note: Blue Camas (Camassia quamash) should not be confused with the (poisonous and relatively inodorous) Death Camas (Zigadenus venenosus), which makes flowers of creamy white.