One of the showiest and easiest to grow North American bulbs. Native to northwestern states, but well growing in hot and humid Midwest too.
Clump forming bulbous perennial, usually 12-24" tall, blue to deep blue flowers (2" in diameter), buds have shiny green hue. Leaves are green, grassy looking. Flowers in late spring/early summer and meets with Peonies and bearded Irises and late daffodils and tulips.
Full sun is the best, half shade is tolerated. Best is fertile, humus rich soil, loam, loamy clay and even clay. Average (medium) moist soils to moist. Little Camas likes moisture, but don't plant it in waterlogged soils.
Hardy in zones 3 to 9. Deer may graze on the plants.
Camas grows in moist areas and meadows, that dry out in summer. Native range can be seen on USDA distribution map.
Important source of nectar and pollen for native bees (Xerxes).
Little Camas usually dies back with summer droughts, and comes back next spring. It is great plant for naturalizing - so it will selfseed and multiply. Best for borders, combined with other spring bulbs, in naturalistic plantings, cottage garden, pollinator gardens. Bulbs are edible and were favoritefood of Native Americans.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep perennial pot
Picture copyright : Walter Siegmund, Commons Wikipedia