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Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Small Camas, Common Camass, Camas Lily, Swamp Sego
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Height: 18 in to 24 in
Spacing: 6 in to 9 in
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium
USDA Zone: 4a-8b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Sow seeds just below soil surface at 40F and water. Slow to germinate.
Seeds Per Oz: 3700
According to botanist Leslie Haskin, “There is more romance and adventure clustered about the camas root and flower than about almost any other American plant.” Because of its edible bulbs, this plant was a culinary delicacy for Native Americans and early settlers. Traditionally, the bulbs were cooked slowly for several days to achieve a sweet, nutty flavor. They could also be dried and ground for flour or boiled down to a sweet syrup. Meriwether Lewis discovered this plant growing in the Quamash flats near the foot of the Rocky Mountains, and documented his find on June 23, 1806 of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In his diary, he records that Blue Camass in bloom "resembles lakes of fine clear water, so complete in the deception that on first sight I could have sworn it was water."
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