Camassia Leichtlinii Caerulea produces large racemes or tall erect stems and from these form six-petalled, star-shaped lavender blue petals with yellow anthers and pale green centres. Starting towards the bottom of the flowering stalk, the lowermost blooms on the stalk open first, the uppermost blooms opening last, finally showing off their gorgeous purple hues.
Excellent for naturalising, Camassia Leichtlinii Caerulea is an amazing woodland or meadow plant that will produce blooms in blankets of lavender loveliness. Great for using in beds and borders for the home garden, Camassia will also do well in pots and containers and are unique cut flowers that have an extended bloom life.
Camassia has several different names and is commonly known as Camass, Wild Hyacinth or Quamash. Tolerant of moister conditions, Camassia grows well in moist, fertile soils in dappled shade to full sun. Historically used as a food source by indigenous peoples and settlers in the U.S., now Camassia is grown commercially for its beautiful blooms
Numerous flowers form on upright racemes grown from a central bulb. As the plant matures, more and more strap-like foliage will be produced. Excellent naturalising characteristics, left to its own, Camassia will settle a hospitable area. Bulbils or smaller bulb-like offshoots from the main bulb are the main method of propagation for the species.
While tolerant of more moist conditions, Camassia is not tolerant of being submerged in water. Appreciative of sunny areas, plant Camassia in areas where it is most likely to receive plentiful amounts of sun. Great for naturalising, Camassia needs time to allow the foliage to die down and restore energy to the bulb before being mowed or cut.
Plant the bulbs in the autumn about 10cm deep with a distance of about 10-15cm between bulbs. Grown in blankets or beds, Camassia is quite splendid with a niche blooming time that arrives after many of the larger Tulip varieties of spring, but before the main blooms of summer.
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