Camassia quamash

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Camassia quamash (syn. esculenta)  is one of our most popular varieties in this group. The flowers of camassia quamash are a bright violet-blue growing on stems that are 60cm tall. Leave undisturbed from year to year for the best performance and they will self seed once established.

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Camassia quamash (syn. esculenta)  is one of our most popular varieties in this group. The flowers of camassia quamash are a bright violet-blue growing on stems that are 60cm tall. Leave undisturbed from year to year for the best performance and they will self seed once established. Do not allow bulbs to dry out during the first growing season.

Growing Instructions

Camassia are ideal when grown in the poorer areas of the garden or in areas that you wish to leave to natualise. This group of bulbs are very tough and are happy to be planted in soils that are less than perfect. They will endure soils that are heavy and poorly drained. Can be grown in grassland/meadow land areas or borders of the garden. Leave undisturbed from year to year for the best performance. Do not allow bulbs to dry out during the growing season.

Cultivate soils to a depth of 15cms and plant bulbs 10cms deep and 8-10cms apart. In heavy soils such as clay add grit or humus matter to help with drainage and plant slightly shallower at 6cms deep. In sandy soils add organic matter to help with fertility. They will naturalise really well and after a number of years may need to be divided, at which time lift them when the flowers have died back and re-plant.

Protect early growth in the spring from slugs and snails .  Ideal foods are well rotted manures, grass clippings, tomato feed and bone meal.

Growing Information

Flowering Height: 60-70cm

Flowering Period: June-July

Aspect: Shady areas and they are also good for naturalising in grassland

Soil type: Free draining soils are ideal but they will also tolerate heavy and poor draining soils.

Tip: Camassia are ideal to grow with herbaceous plants, alliums and early flowering lilies.

They have become very popular in the last few years and can be seen growing in the RHS gardens at Wisley

New season top quality bulbs dispatched from September on-wards

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