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Camassia leichtlinii Caerulea

A Pacific Northwest U.S. native that’s been cultivated commercially in the Netherlands for a long time, C. leichtlinii Caerulea is best grown in moist, fertile soil in full sun to partial sunlight. Unlike most bulbs, it prefers soil that has a bit more moisture. Deer- and rodent-resistant, C. leichtlinii caerulea forms ever substantive clusters of linear strappy foliage around upright racemes studded with dozens of six-petaled, 2", star-shaped pale to deep lavender-blue flowers with yellow anthers and whisper-green centers. The flowers open sequentially from the bottom to the top. It is stunning planted in solo drifts, or in heavenly contrast with its offspring, pale blue C. leichtlinii Caerulea Blue Heaven. Commonly known as The Wild Hyacinth, Camass, Quamash or Leichtlin’s Camass, C. leichtlinii Caerulea, a selection out of C. leichtlinii circa 1853, is incredibly valuable since it naturalizes well when left undisturbed in a good spot, and since it blooms in the blank period between the big Narcissus and Tulip spring show and the big summer show when perennials and annuals hit their colorful strides. As it matures over time, when it’s happy where it’s planted, it naturalizes by bulb offsets (called bulbils: baby bulbs on the sides of the mother bulb you’ve planted).

You’ll need four bulbs per square foot. (Square footage is determined multiplying the planting site’s length times its width.) Bulb size: 14 cm/up. Full to partial sunlight. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: May/June. Plant 5" deep and 5" apart. If it’s planted near a stream or pond, make sure to plant it above the high water mark. Even though Camassia likes soil with a bit of moisture, it can not be submerged in water. HZ: 4-8. Height: 24" to 30".

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