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Camassia scilloides - (Raf.)Cory.
                 
Common Name Atlantic Camas
Family Hyacinthaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Low fields, meadows and open woods[43]. Prairies at elevations of 100 - 1000 metres[270].
Range Eastern N. America. - Ontario to Wisconsin and southwards.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Camassia scilloides Atlantic Camas


Camassia scilloides Atlantic Camas
   
Physical Characteristics
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Camassia scilloides is a BULB growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
C. esculenta. non Lindl. C. fraseri. Quamasia hyacinthina.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Bulb - raw or cooked[257]. The bulb was an important food for several native North American Indian tribes who used it in a variety of ways[257]. It can be baked or dried and made into a powder which can be used as a thickener in stews or as an additive to cereal flours when making bread, cakes etc[62, K]. The bulb is about 4cm long and 15mm wide[235].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in almost any soil[42]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a rather heavy loam[1] that has plenty of moisture in spring but does not remain wet over the winter[138, 200]. Dislikes dry soils[200]. Tolerates partial shade[138, 200]. Plant bulbs 7 - 10cm deep in early autumn and then leave them undisturbed.
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[134]. The seed can also be sown in a cold frame in spring[134]. It usually germinates in 1 - 6 months at 15°c, but it can be erratic[138]. Sow the seed thinly so that it does not need to be thinned and allow the seedlings to grow on undisturbed for their first year. Give an occasional liquid feed to ensure that the plants do not become nutrient deficient. When the plants are dormant in late summer, pot up the small bulbs putting 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another one or two years in a cold frame before planting them out when dormant in late summer. Offsets in late summer. The bulb has to be scored in order to produce offsets.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Camassia leichtliniiWild Hyacinth, Large camas, Suksdorf's large camas40
Camassia quamashQuamash, Small camas, Utah small camas, Walpole's small camas51
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