Looking Good: Camassia leichtlinii

Looking Good: Camassia leichtlinii

This is the start of the 3-day Early May Bank Holiday weekend, so we’re going to have one Looking Good plant per day, as we’re open Sat-Mon. Today’s are proving to be very popular, so if you fancy them, you’d better hurry.

Native to North America, this tall, spiky-petalled plant is a bulb which is sometimes known as great camas or squamash. It flowers during April-May on tall stems up to 120cm long, and puts out six or more star-shaped flowers. We have the blue version in flower now, and the Alba variety will be in flower within 5-10 days.

They prefer moist soil and can tolerate some shade, and would make an excellent border plant or would look good planted into grassy meadows.

Although we do not recommend it, camassia bulbs are edible.