Camassia Blue

blue camassia flowers
Camassia Blue

The camassia opens many flowers at once so they look like enthusiastic stars. The flowers form a stalk and it has always seemed to bloom bottom half first, then top half.

Not only do they have very enthusiastic petals, they also have very excitable stamens. Look at them below.

Camassia flowers
From the side to see the stamens.

A friend gave me a package of tiny bulbs a couple of decades ago and it’s been blooming in the same place since then. Though I also pulled a few bulbs from around the edges after a decade or so to plant in another spot where I wanted a more upright plant this clump still looks best. I found it’s a native plant related to asparagus and blooms fervently in prairie meadows. Those meadows tend to be quite sunny and I guess the spot I chose for the other clump, though it’s sunny a good bit of the day with reflected light from the sky, is still a little too shady from my picket fence. So, soon, we’ll make a move to a sunnier spot and I’ll find another upright plant for that spot.

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