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Camassia Lily Bulbs

 

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Camassia or Camas lily, is a beautiful native spring-flowering bulb. It produces blue star-shaped flowers from a tall, spiky stem. Appreciates moist, fertile, and acidic soil in full sun to part shade. Camassia comes back year after year and is deer resistant. Plant in meadows, open woodlands and in groups for showy results. (Camassia leichtlinii)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Squirrel Resistant
Squirrel Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Containers
Containers
Native
Native
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 32" tall
Bulb Spacing9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid spring
Size Bag of 4 - Bulb Size: 14 cm
SKU 25MIBU4

Plant Information

Here's one of North America's little-known natives that belongs in every wildflower garden. The beautiful purplish-blue Camassia 'Lily', sometimes called American Hyacinth, is native to our northern plains and mountain states, and figured prominently in Native American history. The lilies carpet open areas in the northern plains, and the bulbs were used for both food and medicine. The plant was 'discovered' by Lewis and Clark as they ventured west, and found the Indians harvesting thousands of Camassia bulbs. Lewis tried the meal made from the bulbs, and found it didn't agree with him, but that's fine. You probably don't plan on eating your Camassia bulbs. Just plant them in your wildflower meadow and enjoy their blue beauty for years to come.

Photo Credit: Camassia was collected by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on the Weippe Prairie along Jim Ford Creek just south of Weippe, Clearwater Co., Idaho, on 23 Jun 1806. This view from the Lewis & Clark Herbarium website shows the continuing bloom of this native lily in the wild today.

SKU 25MIBU4
Common Name Camassia Lily or Camas Lily
Botanical Name Camassia leichtinii or Camassia caerulea
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 32" tall
Bulb Size 14 cm
Bulb Spacing 9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 5" deep
Bloom Time Mid spring
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Squirrel Resistant, Easy to Grow, Containers, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Additional Information Native to Northwestern United States. Heirloom bulb.
Native Yes
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsCamassia Lily Bulbs
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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    (3)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Healthy (4)
  • Low maintenance (4)
  • Vivid colors (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
  • Outdoors (4)
  • Pool area (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (9)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Received many compliments on these

I placed a rather large order with AM in spring of 2013. When all of the bulbs arrived in the fall, my 2 1/2 year-old daughter and I had a heyday in the...Read complete review

I placed a rather large order with AM in spring of 2013. When all of the bulbs arrived in the fall, my 2 1/2 year-old daughter and I had a heyday in the garden! I had never seen these growing anywhere else and throught I'd give them a try. I'm very glad I did because I got so many compliments on them at a late-spring cookout. They were blooming at the end of April here in central Virginia. The colors were beautiful and the blooms were visited by many bees. I'm looking forward to seeing how they multiply in coming years. Right now the camassia lilies are planted up against my picket fence as part of a border.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Haven't seen anything coming up yet

Nothing has come up yet from these bulbs when all the others planted in the fall have come up nicely. Can't give it a great rating due to I haven't seen anything to review...Read complete review

Nothing has come up yet from these bulbs when all the others planted in the fall have come up nicely. Can't give it a great rating due to I haven't seen anything to review it on yet.

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3.0

Haven't seen anything coming up yet

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from Wisconsin

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      Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

      Nothing has come up yet from these bulbs when all the others planted in the fall have come up nicely. Can't give it a great rating due to I haven't seen anything to review it on yet.

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      5.0

      A lovely spring surprise!

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      from Memphis, TN

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      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy

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          Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

          Planted these bulbs in the front garden, in front of a wave of native grasses. Made wire cages around each bulb prior to planting since voles have a tendency to eat most bulbs that I have planted in the past. Followed planting instructions carefully. We are delighted to have a wave of camassia in front of the grasses this spring. Strong and upright, most have 2 flower heads. I could not be any happier with the purchase. And sincerely hope they not only come back up year after year, but that they multiply.

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          5.0

          Lovely and versatile meadow flowers

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          from Alpine

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Fragrant
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors
            • Patio
            • Pool Area

            Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

            If you're looking for attaractive and unusual plants for your deer and rabbit ravaged garden these fit the bill.

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            5.0

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            from Alpine

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Outdoors
              • Pool Area

              Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

              I try to find new and unusual perrenials that are deer and rabbit proof, the camassia lily fits the bill. I am adding to my collection and have purchased all the available varieties.

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              • Personal

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Glad I gave these a try

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              from Alpine , nj

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              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors
                • Patio
                • Pool Area

                Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                Camassia is totally new to me, I wish I had discovered them sooner.
                They are beautiful, unusual looking, a lovely departure from the usual garden staples.

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                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Awesome

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                from Pittsburgh, pa

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                • Attractive

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                    Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                    They just started to bloom. They are beautiful and elegant. I'm very pleased.

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                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Different and fun!

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                    from Wilmington, DE

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                      never tried these before, very happy I did! they can tolerate part shade, look nice with tulips

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                      • Personal

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Received many compliments on these

                      By 

                      from Richmond, VA area

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                      Pros

                      • Long Bloom Time
                      • Low Maintenance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Border Control

                        Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                        I placed a rather large order with AM in spring of 2013. When all of the bulbs arrived in the fall, my 2 1/2 year-old daughter and I had a heyday in the garden! I had never seen these growing anywhere else and throught I'd give them a try. I'm very glad I did because I got so many compliments on them at a late-spring cookout. They were blooming at the end of April here in central Virginia. The colors were beautiful and the blooms were visited by many bees. I'm looking forward to seeing how they multiply in coming years. Right now the camassia lilies are planted up against my picket fence as part of a border.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

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                        from Everett, WA

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                        Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                        These were delivered at the prime time for planting. However, they sat around in the house and eventually the garage for several months before being planted. They are coming up anyway and looking healthy! So far the slugs have left them alone, too. The only reason I haven't given them a 5 is that they haven't bloomed yet. Can't wait to see them flower!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Really Nice!

                        By 

                        from Oak Hill, Ohio

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                        Pros

                        • Large Bulb Size
                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Containers
                          • Large Areas
                          • Raised Beds

                          Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                          Came at just the right time & in great condition! Loved them, everything just as promised!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Beautiful flowers and edible!

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                          from Fayetteville, AR

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                          Pros

                          • Edible
                          • Fragrant
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                          • Susceptible to Pests

                          Best Uses

                          • Border Control
                          • Containers
                          • Cut Flowers
                          • Raised Beds

                          Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                          Love these Lilys! We had a few that had been dug up, but the rest sprang up in a glorious display of color. We also eat the bulbs after they divide out a couple times, very tasty.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Love this lily

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                          from Pevely, MO

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                          Pros

                          • Long Bloom Time
                          • Reliable Growth
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                              We have a steeply sloping area in the backyard where we have planted ornamental grasses to help hold the hillside. I've been adding mostly native plants to fill in and add color to the bank. The camassia were planted in the fall, with no special care. All four grew and produced beautiful blooms this spring.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Beautiful!

                              By 

                              from SF Bay Area

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                              Pros

                              • Large Bulb Size
                              • Low Maintenance
                              • Vivid Colors

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about American Meadows Camassia Lily Bulbs:

                                  These were lovely, very eye catching and unusual. Admired by several people who saw them.

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