(Camassia quamash) This beautiful flower is in the lily family so it creates a hardy bulb for 3-4 years before flowering. Blue camas was a critical food source for native peoples who were able to bake the starchy bulbs into a sugary cake. It is credited with saving the lives of the Lewis and Clark expedition when they were starving in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. Will tolerate extra water but grows well in dry areas too.
Seed: Sept – Dec
Bloom Height: 8 – 20″
Sun: Full Sun, some shade
40 Seeds / Covers 10 sq ft
The best time to plant native wildflowers is during the fall, winter, or early spring. Pick a sunny site with rocky or sandy soil that is as weed free as possible. Thoroughly mix your seeds with 1 cup of sand. Hand scatter this mixture onto bare ground. Do not cover.