Camas (Camassia leichtlinii)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Camassia leichtlinii Accepted
Camassia esculenta var. leichtlinii Synonym
Camassia leichtlinii subsp. typica Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: White, cream, blue or purple
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Location: my brother's garden, Vichte, BelgiumDate: 2008-04-27
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Location: Cincinnati, OHDate: 2012-04-06
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-05-28
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Location: Kentucky
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-05-09
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-03-07Wild Hyacinth (Camassia leichtlinii) 003
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Date: 2018-05-15
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Location: my brothers garden, Vichte, BelgiumDate: 2007-04-21
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-05-27
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Location: In my garden. Poland.
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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Dec 10, 2012 12:14 PM

Camassia leichtlinii has 2 subspecies. Ssp. suksdorfii is a strikingly dark violet blue color. Ssp. leichtlinii is a light creamy yellow color which is often mistakenly considered or commonly called white.
They like moisture but do not like to stay wet. Can tolerate dry conditions after the leaves have died down in summer.This camassia is not frost tender.

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