Genus: Quamash

Camassia

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Quamash (Camassia)
kah-MASS-ee-ah
Liliaceae
This native bulb produces gray-green basal leaves. The showy flowers produce tepals that die and persist in some species.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Loose or dense terminal clusters support showy star- or cup-shaped blue, purple or white flowers. Some Native Americans used the bulb as a staple foodcrop.
Care:  Plant bulbs 4 inches deep in autumn, in moist, well-drained soil in sun or part shade.
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.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Camassia

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Camassia leichtlinii ssp. suksdorfii 'Blue Danube'