Camassia quamash
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Camassia quamash


  family hyacinthaceae 
  genus camassia 

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Genus  Camassia Species  quamash Variety  Cultivar  Common names  camass   quamash Family  HYACINTHACEAE Specimen number  S11322 Data source  HtZn p89
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Seasonal bulb Life span  1 - 3 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 4' Overall spread  6" - 9"
Sunshine  Full sun to light shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Sandy Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Camassia quamash can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. Camass (also known as quamash) needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this plant has a texture that is sandy. This species does best in full sun to light shade. It needs soil that is moist, well drained.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Bulb Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Camassia quamash is typically propagated using its bulbs.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Camassia quamash is a seasonal bulb. Flowers: Camass (locally known in some parts as quamash) has flowers that are star-shaped 12" spires opening from bottom to top. The flowers are usually a violet color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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