HEIGHT: 12 -28 inches
HABITAT: Wet meadows and prairies
SEEDING RATE: 12-15 lbs per acre with approximately
20,000 seeds per lb
STRATIFICATION: Requires 60 days of cold
A native forb that thrives in wet meadows and prairies and grows easily from seed. Camas thrives in shady areas like dense forest canopies but also does well in open landscapes. Seedlings require moisture through the spring growing period to survive. For the first year of growth, grass-like seedlings will emerge in February or March. Once the plant has been established, it will produce thicker leaves. The striking blue flowers appear annually April-June in the second or third year after planting.
Planting instructions: Best planted in the fall. Plant no more than 1/4 inch deep.
Camas can take up to three years to bloom when planted from seed. These photos show the difference between first year plants, the grasslike growth, and a mature plant, the thicker leaves.
On our farm we notice that small camas blooms before the large camas. This photo is an example of that.