Camas Lily : Camassia quamash
Camas is as closely linked to PNW identity as the Salmon. Abundant Camas fields once blanketed the region; its tubers a main food staple for first people.
Camas bulbs were baked, dried, and even cooked down into sweet syrup. Camas fields were carefully cared for, especially to remove the white blossomed Death Camas - a toxic look-alike.
Bright green leaves and dramatic lilac & indigo colored blooms, Camassia quamash grows well in many conditions. Sun access is important for blooming, it doesn’t mind wet feet, bulbs overwinter under the soil.
This plant often takes years before producing flowers, but once mature it is easy to maintain.
Portland Plant List species
Xerces Society - pollinator value species
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