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Camas Blue Prairie

Camas Blue Prairie

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Camassia quammash

Native edible bulb with gorgeous blue flowers in spring.

Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), Shoshone, Bannock, and other Indigenous groups have relied on camas bulbs as a nutritious and long-keeping winter food. Women traditionally roast the bulbs in a pit, cooking them until they resemble very sweet potatoes. They are also ground into a flour and used for baking. Blue flowers bloom late spring.

For more information about growing this plant, visit the USDA plant guide.

Seeds grown by Bluebird Forest Garden in Orofino, Idaho, and Oasis Homestead in Nampa, Idaho.

120 seeds.

Directions: Direct seed in fall and keep soil damp in late winter. Young plants look similar to grass and will not bloom until the 3rd or 4th year.

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