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CAMASSIA quamash 'Blue Melody'

Image of Camassia quamash 'Blue Melody'

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Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

CAMASSIA quamash 'Blue Melody'

Plant Common Name

Blue Melody Camas, Camas

General Description

A hardy bulbous perennial found from Utah to California to British Columbia, small camas bears steepled clusters of starry flowers atop tall leafless stems in late spring. The cultivar 'Blue Melody' has medium-blue flowers and cream-edged leaves. Somewhat shorter than Camassia leichtlinii, it has six pointed segments, five of which are grouped toward the top of the flower. As they wither the segments do not clasp the seed capsule, as do those of Camassia leichtlinii. The clumps of strap-shaped, keeled, bright green leaves go dormant in summer. The leaves and flower stalks grow from large bulbs with dark tunics.

Plant the bulbs three times as deep as they are wide. They grow and flower best in full to partial sun in well-drained, humus-rich soil. Though this plant prefers steady moisture in late winter and spring it will not tolerate waterlogged soil. Narrow in stature, it looks best when planted in groups. Given favorable conditions and left undisturbed, this camas persists and increases for years. It works well in perennial borders, meadows, and waterside plantings. Pair it with plants such as hardy geranium that will cover the withering leaves.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Western United States, Northwestern United States, California, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Dark Blue

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No