Camassia Species

Camassia leichtlinii

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Camassia (kuh-MAS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: leichtlinii (leekt-LIN-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Camassia esculenta var. leichtlinii
Synonym:Quamasia leichtlinii



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

White/Near White


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Wilmington, Delaware

Chicago, Illinois

Divernon, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Warren, Indiana

Millersville, Maryland

Beverly, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Wayland, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Auburn, New Hampshire

Chester, New York

Cornwall On Hudson, New York

Hilton, New York

Aulander, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Stewart, Tennessee

Plano, Texas

Port Townsend, Washington(2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 14, 2015, MaryArneson from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

The bulbs survived a normal Minnesota Zone 4 winter and bloomed nicely. The bloom season is rather short, but the flowers are pretty, and the foliage is reasonably good looking. Overall, they merit a positive rating, but I wouldn't plant a lot of them, because they bloom for such a short time.


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. Also the blue-violet color is always welcome.

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 also tolerates more summer irrigation. 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 y... read more


On May 4, 2012, Rebeccatowoc from Stewart, TN wrote:

My daughter gave me a gift certificate to Brent and Becky's so I tried some camassia "Alba." Delighted with them! Beside some yellow deronico and a bed of pink impatiens, their starry spears are quite beautiful. These plants deserve wider use.


On May 27, 2008, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

The white version 'Alba' blooms right after the blue ones in my garden.
Very 'starry'


On May 21, 2008, laurawege from Wayland, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I started out maybe 10 years ago with a hand full of bulbs and now I have four nice sized clumps and have given away some to a few friends. a great plant for the spring border mine is blooming now on may 20th here in NE. mine are in full sun in good rich soil . we have had a cool spring this year so they have lasted well, some years they come and go to quickly and are a little untidy afterwards but I think they are worth the space .


On Aug 12, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

Have had three from the local farm store for about four years. They are in moist sandy loam part sun. Have been getting overgrown by a bush so I dug them up today. Each bulb has grown one full sized offset and about four smaller offsets. They seems to be doing well for no added fertilizer. I'm hoping to get a nice group of blooms from the new planting next year. Pretty blue, don't think they lasted very long, and flopped.


On May 6, 2006, struckcheon from Closter, NJ wrote:

Very beautiful. I have it growing in dappled shade, and it really doesn't seem to mind at all. The color is out of this world, and the gold stamens against the shade of bluish purple this puts out looks truly extraordinary. Great plant.


On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Does best in full sun. Prefers a moist, fertile, acidic, somewhat heavy soil where plants can remain undisturbed for years. Needs additional moisture during spring growth and bloom (medium wet to wet), but will tolerate drier conditions thereafter. Plant bulbs in fall.