Beautiful Camassia

Discover the hidden charm of Camassia bulbs, an excellent addition to any British garden. Known for their splendid beauty and versatility, these bulbs will give your garden a captivating landscape that’s truly a feast for the eyes.

Camassia leichtlinii

The Great Camas, scientifically known as Camassia leichtlinii, are a garden showstopper. Towering at 90 to 120 centimetres, this species showcases sturdy flower spikes adorned with numerous star-shaped blossoms in enchanting shades of blue or white. These late spring bloomers, perfect for the British climate, attract a variety of pollinators and their adaptability to diverse soil types makes them a must-have for any garden. Add them to your landscape for a touch of native elegance.

The Versatile Camassia esculenta

Meet the Quamash or Indian hyacinth (Camassia esculenta), a plant that lends a touch of softness to any garden landscape. With its ornamental value, Quamash is a popular choice for British gardeners. Its late spring blooms offer an attractive source of nectar for pollinators, further enhancing its appeal.

Planting and Growing Camassia Bulbs

Camassia bulbs flourish in the British climate and soil:

  • Soil type: Camassia bulbs thrive in moist, well-drained soil, from clay to sandy soil types.
  • Climate: Robust and adaptable, Camassia bulbs flourish amidst the cool summers and cold winters of the UK.
  • Sun exposure: Even under partial shade, Camassia bulbs produce a spectacular bloom, but they shine best under full sun.
  • Planting time: Plant your Camassia bulbs in the autumn, between September and November, before the ground freezes.
  • Planting depth and spacing: Dig a hole 10 to 15 centimetres deep, plant the bulb with the pointed end facing upwards, and leave around 10 to 15 centimetres between bulbs.
  • Watering and maintenance: Keep the soil evenly moist during the growing season, but avoid waterlogging to prevent bulb rot.
  • Pollinator friendly gardens: Camassia flowers attract an array of pollinators, making them an excellent addition to bee-friendly gardens.
  • Wildflower meadows: With their ability to form colonies, Camassia bulbs are perfect for wildflower meadows or naturalistic landscapes.

Although resilient, protect your bulbs from slugs and snails when young shoots emerge in spring.

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