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PlantFiles: Blue Camas, Atlantic Camas, Quamash, Wild Hyacinth
Camassia scilloides

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Camassia (kuh-MAS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: scilloides (sil-OY-dees) (Info)

Synonym:Camassia esculenta
Synonym:Camassia hyacinthina

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive skovener On May 12, 2014, skovener from Crothersville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Noticed all the ratings were neutral and just had to give a Positive rating! We have this growing wild along the Muscatatuck river bank on our farm. It is scattered here and there but there is an area of about 1/4 acre that blooms almost solid! Lovely blue color and can get as tall as 3 ft. As with most wildflowers, bloom can be short and is affected greatly by the weather.

Neutral frostweed On Mar 2, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Blue Camas, Atlantic Camas, Quamash, Wild Hyacinth Camassia scilloides is Native to Texas and other States.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 16, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Propagation is very easy from seeds which are produced in abundance. Place drawstring bags over the seed heads, as it can be tricky to know when seeds will be dispersed. Sow the small, shiny black seeds in a well drained mix on the surface of 4" pots. Seedlings can take several years to mature into flowering size plants, so if you want a colony to develop quickly, dig up the plants in early Spring and divide the bulbs which can produce up to a dozen new plants in just a couple of years.

Neutral lantana On Aug 13, 2001, lantana from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wild hyacinth bears terminal racemes of blue flowers in late spring. The grass-like leaves are 1/2" wide at the base with an unbranched flower stalk. The bulb resembles that of a daylilly and can grow to 1" wide. Likes heavy clay, moist and well-drained soil.
Quamash was a major food source for Native Americans and was the cause of the Plateau Wars that led to the defeat of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce in 1877.
Beware of a deadly species called Death Camas. They bear white flowers and were used by colonists to poison flies (hence the name Fly Poison).


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

Auburn, Alabama
Somerton, Arizona
Stamford, Connecticut
Cordele, Georgia
Hinsdale, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Crothersville, Indiana
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Paris, Kentucky
Wayland, Massachusetts
Cole Camp, Missouri
Auburn, New Hampshire
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Viola, Tennessee
Dripping Springs, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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