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These easily managed American natives were once used as a foodstuff by some Indian tribes and the Lewis and Clark expedition. Originating on the west coast of North America from California to British Columbia, they are commonly called "camas" or "camass", from a Shoshonean word. Resembling tall scillas, each spike is beset with starry blue, violet or white blossoms. Color variation among the species is common. They are excellent long-lived display plants in the garden and are ideal for naturalizing in moist grasses or light woodlands. Easily grown in any garden soil, they like abundant summer moisture and are a smart choice for bordering a pond. They grow well in full sun provided there is ample moisture, and in hot climates they like a little shade during the hottest part of the day. Drifts or masses of camases are a striking focal point when they bloom in late spring to early summer. Allow 4 to 5 bulbs per square foot for the larger varieties and up to 10 per square foot for the shorter selections. They make interesting, long-lasting cutflowers, too! All are hardy in Zones 3 to 8.

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