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Camassia quamash
Common Name: Camas Lily Family: Liliaceae (The Lily Family)

Camassia quamash
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This gorgeous true blue BC native has starry lily-like flowers on slender stems in spring from a tuft of grass like foliage. This species was an important food crop of the First Nations cultures that lived in and around the southern coastal parts of our province. The consistency when cooked is like a gummy potato.


Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Garry oak meadows and rock outcrops. Coastal mountain forests and wet meadows inland. Marshy meadows in coniferous forest to 2300m.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourBlue 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourYellow 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSpring 
Spread4-8'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureLoves Sun Full - Part Sun Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone4-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeYes    

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