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Common Camas


Common Camas (Camassia quamash) is a perennial forb native to the western US and Canada. One of Latah County’s most distinctive flowers, it is an important staple food of the Nimiipuu and other native tribes. Today its range is vastly diminished, but some wet meadows on the Palouse still turn into a beautiful sea of blue Camas blooms in mid-May.


Life cycle: Perennial

Solar Exposure: Part-sun

Bloom Color: Purplish-blue; occ. albino

Bloom Time: Mid-Spring


USDA PLANTS Database Link

https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CAQU2