Camassia quamash (common or small camas)


Bulb-forming perennial plant that produces erect flowering stems up to 3 feet tall.


Narrow and grass-like, grow up to 2 feet long from the base of the plant.


Six narrow, blue-violet petals form a star-shape. Flowers are arranged in a raceme on the flowering stem.


April to June.


Grows in moist areas that are often dry by late spring, particularly grassy slopes and meadows at low to middle elevations.


Attracts bumble bees, mason bees, hover flies and beetles. Oregon Bee Atlas participants have documented many mason and bumble bee species visiting Camassia throughout Oregon.


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