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Great Camas

Scientific name

Camas leichtlinii


Large Camas is a perennial wildflower species that typically grows between 0.5 and 1 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names Great Camas or Leichtlin’s Camas. The leaves are bright green, linear, grass like, and appear in clumps. The flowers are showy, star shaped, have six petals, appear in spike clusters on tall flowering stems, and bloom between April and May. The colors of the flowers may range from white to purplish blue. The flowers are beneficial for pollinator species, including bees and butterflies. This plant is in the lily family and has root bulbs, which can be transplanted for new individuals or eaten by humans.

Planting conditions

Large Camas grows best in moist conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained, organically rich loam or humus soil types. It tolerates shade, acidic soil, clay soil, wet soil and dry soil. This wildflower can be naturally found in moist meadows, moist slopes, on forest edges, and along riparian areas.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
    • Shade
  • Soil type:
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Humus
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 0.5-1 m
  • Spread:
    • 1 m