{"id":5655522934933,"title":"Common Camas (Camassia quamash)","handle":"camassia-quamash","description":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eA stunning perennial wildflower in the Asparagus plant family with purplish-blue flowers (sometimes light blue blue and occasionally white) and an edible bulb. Yellow, pollen-packed stamens contrast against the colourful tepals and the large, open flowers draw in a rich diversity of pollinators. Common Camas tolerates very dry shallow soils as well as being flooded in winter in clay soils. Plant only in full sun.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNote: \u003c\/strong\u003eThis plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants.  Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\"\u003eSaanich Ethnobotany\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif; color: #212b36;\"\u003e \u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif;\"\u003e*Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"sfncontainer\"\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003ePlant Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable class=\"single_plant_view\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ehabitat\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMeadows and woodland edges\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003elight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eFull sun\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003emoisture\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eDry to mesic\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eheight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e20 to 100 cm\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eflowering\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMay to June\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ehabit\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePerennial herb from bulb\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth\u003eadvantages\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\u003cspan\u003eEdible bulb\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ecompanion plants\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eCalifornia Oatgrass, Barestem Desert-parsley, Western Buttercup, Pacific Woodrush, Slimleaf Onion, Woolly Sunflower, Yarrow, Field Chickweed, Long-stoloned Sedge, Fool's Onion, Graceful Cinquefoil\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003eSeed Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable class=\"single_plant_view\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eseeds\/packet\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eseeds\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e139\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eseeds\/square meter \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/satinflowernurseries.ca\/a\/faq\" title=\"How do I calculate how much seed I need?\"\u003e*?\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003esquare meters\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003egermination\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCold stratification is required. 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Yellow, pollen-packed stamens contrast against the colourful tepals and the large, open flowers draw in a rich diversity of pollinators. Common Camas tolerates very dry shallow soils as well as being flooded in winter in clay soils. Plant only in full sun.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNote: \u003c\/strong\u003eThis plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants.  Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/publications.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca\/product\/saanich-ethnobotany\/\"\u003eSaanich Ethnobotany\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif; color: #212b36;\"\u003e \u003cem\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-family: 'Segoe UI',sans-serif;\"\u003e*Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"margin: 0in 0in 12.0pt 0in;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv id=\"sfncontainer\"\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003ePlant Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable class=\"single_plant_view\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ehabitat\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMeadows and woodland edges\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003elight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eFull sun\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003emoisture\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eDry to mesic\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eheight\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e20 to 100 cm\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eflowering\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMay to June\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ehabit\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePerennial herb from bulb\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth\u003eadvantages\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd\u003e\u003cspan\u003eEdible bulb\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ecompanion plants\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eCalifornia Oatgrass, Barestem Desert-parsley, Western Buttercup, Pacific Woodrush, Slimleaf Onion, Woolly Sunflower, Yarrow, Field Chickweed, Long-stoloned Sedge, Fool's Onion, Graceful Cinquefoil\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cbutton type=\"button\" class=\"accordion\"\u003eSeed Details\u003c\/button\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"accordion-panel\"\u003e\n\u003ctable class=\"single_plant_view\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctbody data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eseeds\/packet\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eseeds\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e139\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eseeds\/square meter \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/satinflowernurseries.ca\/a\/faq\" title=\"How do I calculate how much seed I need?\"\u003e*?\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003esquare meters\/gram\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003egermination\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCold stratification is required. Sow in fall for spring germination.\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003ctr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cth class=\"right\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eseeding info\u003c\/th\u003e\n\u003ctd class=\"left\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDetails coming soon\u003c\/td\u003e\n\u003c\/tr\u003e\n\u003c\/tbody\u003e\n\u003c\/table\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e"}

Common Camas Camassia quamash

Description

A stunning perennial wildflower in the Asparagus plant family with purplish-blue flowers (sometimes light blue blue and occasionally white) and an edible bulb. Yellow, pollen-packed stamens contrast against the colourful tepals and the large, open flowers draw in a rich diversity of pollinators. Common Camas tolerates very dry shallow soils as well as being flooded in winter in clay soils. Plant only in full sun.

Note: This plant is rich in local Indigenous food traditions, we strongly recommend that non-Indigenous people take time to understand and study before using this or other native plants.  Please take the time to learn about this plant with the proper resources such as the book Saanich Ethnobotany by Nancy Turner and Richard Hebda.

 *Edibility depends on the preparation of the plant. Always do your own research prior to consuming plant parts and eat at your own risk. 

 

habitat Meadows and woodland edges
light Full sun
moisture Dry to mesic
height 20 to 100 cm
flowering May to June
habit Perennial herb from bulb
advantages Edible bulb
companion plants California Oatgrass, Barestem Desert-parsley, Western Buttercup, Pacific Woodrush, Slimleaf Onion, Woolly Sunflower, Yarrow, Field Chickweed, Long-stoloned Sedge, Fool's Onion, Graceful Cinquefoil
seeds/packet Details coming soon
seeds/gram 139
seeds/square meter *? Details coming soon
square meters/gram Details coming soon
germination Cold stratification is required. Sow in fall for spring germination.
seeding info Details coming soon
Size
$8.00
Maximum quantity available reached.

Growing From Seed

Growing your own native plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your project or home garden. The seeds of native plants have built-in dormancy mechanisms that protect them from germinating before killing frosts or periods of drought.

In cultivation, the successful gardener must become familiar with these conditions to unlock the dormancy mechanism and stimulate germination. We are developing thorough seed germination categories in the Seed Details section above to help you successfully grow the native seed we sell. 

Download: Seed Starting Basics Guide

Growing from Potted Plants

Careful and correct planting techniques are critical to the survival of young potted plants from our nursery.

Download: Planting and Care of Potted Plants

Frequently Asked Questions

Growing plants from pots or seeds can be challenging. Be sure to check out our FAQ page for common questions and concerns.

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