Camassia leichtlinii ssp.suksdorfii 'Blue Danube'

Camassia leichtlinii ssp. suksdorfii 'Blue Danube'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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(Camassia leichtlinii ssp. suksdorfii 'Blue Danube')
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Synonyms:  'Blau Donau'
Genus:  Camassia

Spikes of violet, star-shaped flowers top stems reaching from 2 to 4 feet in late spring. The species is native to western Oregon. 'Blue Danube' would be beautiful in a border, meadow, or containers. Camassia make good cut flowers.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Bears 4- to 12-inch long spikes of violet flowers in late spring. The flower segments twist together as they fade.

Care: 

In the fall, choose a site in full sun to part shade with moist but well-drained, fertile, humusy soil. Camassia do not like waterlogged soil.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in a cold frame when ripe. Extract offsets when dormant in summer.

Problems: 

Leaf smut and a few fungal leaf spots may occur.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Island Paradise
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Bulbs

Camassia leichtlinii ssp. suksdorfii 'Blue Danube'