About Wild Hyacinth: A rare plant, Wild Hyacinth is listed on the threatened or endangered lists of several states. It belongs to the Camassia family, and is closely related to a species of wildflower with edible bulbs that were prized by Native Americans and early settlers. “Camassia” comes from a Nez Perce word for the plant’s edible bulb, which was considered a delicacy. Wild Hyacinth usually grows in sheltered, moist woodland soil or prairies.
Wild Hyacinth Germination: For best results, direct sow outdoors in the fall; plant just below the surface of the soil. This seed may be slow to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. Though it adapts to many soils including sand, this plant prefers moist, fairly heavy soil such as clay.
Growing Wild Hyacinth Seeds: This plant develops rather slowly, and may not bloom until several years after sprouting. Seedlings need regular watering as they become established, and mature plants may also need occasional watering in blooming season. High heat or excess moisture may cause Wild Hyacinth to stop blooming or go dormant. After blooming the plant will wither and go dormant until next year; the stem can be cut down after blooming has finished, though this will prevent the development of seed. If left to self-seed, this plant will produce volunteer seedlings. Wild Hyacinth attracts butterflies and bees.
Harvesting Wild Hyacinth: For fresh flowers, cut the stems and place them in water immediately.
Saving Wild Hyacinth Seeds: When the seed heads begin to dry and contain mature black seed, remove them and spread them out to dry. Thresh to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Wild Hyacinth Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Atlantic Camas Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Early Summer Height: 12-24 inches Spacing: 9-12 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 4a-8b Seeds Per Oz: 4,200 Produces blade-like leaves at the base, and a large cluster of starry blue flowers at the top of the stem.