Camassia
Camassia leichtlinii 'Alba'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camassia (kuh-MAS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: leichtlinii (leekt-LIN-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

Category:

Bulbs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Purple

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Divernon, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Port Townsend, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 31, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Very beautiful, and very useful because of its bloom time. This plant fills the gap after the usual spring bulbs are finished and before the usual summer perennials begin.

Very persistent (over ten years) but it has never increased for me by offsets or self-sowing. It does not usually need extra water in spring here. It performs well in dappled shade---it's much more shade tolerant than most spring bulbs. It does well with deep planting, up to a foot. The flower scapes have always been self-supporting here.

I don't find this species gets over 3' tall. Cutting the scapes to the ground when blooming is finished is the only maintenance they need. I add compost to all my beds yearly.

I find bulbs often produce 3 flower scapes in their first year, a... read more