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'LEICHTLIN'S CAMASS' Quamash (Camassia leichtinii 'caerulea')

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A valuable Pacific Northwest U.S. native that’s been cultivated commercially in the Netherlands for a long time, Camassia is best grown in moist, fertile soil in full sun to partial sunlight. Unlike most bulbs, Camassia prefers soil that has a bit more moisture. This stands to reason since it enjoyed soil with good moisture retention in the plains, slopes and foothills west of the Cascade Mountains. Deer and rodent-resistant, Camassia forms ever-more-substantive clusters of linear strap-like foliage from which emerge upright racemes studded with dozens of six-petaled, 2", star-shaped flowers, opening sequentially from the bottom to the top. Depending on the variety, the flowers are white, ivory, blue or purple, most with pretty yellow anthers. Commonly known as The Wild Hyacinth, Camass, Quamash or Leichtlin’s Camass, it’s an incredibly valuable genus since it naturalizes well when left undisturbed in a good spot, and since it blooms in the blank period between the big Narcissus and Tulip spring show and the big summer show when perennials and annuals hit their colorful strides. As it matures over time, when it’s happy where it’s planted, it naturalizes by bulb offsets. As if that weren’t enough, it’s also a good cut flower.

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