Quamash (Camassia)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Vegetable
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Scale bulblet propagation

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Feb 6, 2015 12:02 AM

Camassias may be forced indoors over winter. Quamash needs 15 to 17 weeks of cold treatment (35 to 48 degrees). After removal from cold cycle, best set pot to bloom in sunny or well lighted area where temperatures aren't too high (ideally around 60 - 65 degress); bloom will appear around 3 weeks later.

Just in case you're starving, the native quamash bulbs are edible; Lewis and Clark ate them during their historic exploratory expedition to the Pacific Ocean in 1803.

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