General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 8 to12 inches
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: cusickii has light blue flowers --- variety camassia esculenta has dark blue flowers
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2011 Great Plant Picks award winner

Common names
  • Cusick's Quamash
  • Cusick's camass

Photo Gallery
Location: my garden zone 7b NC
Date: 2012-04-01
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-05-06

Date: 2011-04-17
Location: France
Date: April
Photo: JLPC / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-14
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-18
In the early morning garden
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-18
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-07
with bud formation
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Jan 23, 2012 7:59 PM concerning plant:
    This beautiful wildflower is native to America.

    It is light blue in color and when seen in masses, it is stunning and a joy to see!

    Where my parents used to live for many years, they had these on a hillside and there were a lot of these plants growing and blooming happily every year! The plants prefer a damp site and the location where they were growing had to have been damp. They were so thick that you couldn't even walk up or down the hillside. I always loved seeing them when they were blooming!

    I'm thinking about making a spot for them, getting them online and growing and enjoying them!

    A wonderful wildflower!

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