|Camassia quamash, Camus
|Camas flourish in a well managed pasture outside Eugene, Oregon
|Camas and buttercups spangle the pasture on a lightly frosted Spring morning at my Mother's place
|A sea of blue
Camas can be easily grown as an ornamental bulb in gardens where they will naturalize and form drifts. They were introduced to English horticulture in the 1850s and are perhaps more prized for their exotic blue beauty there than they are in their native habitat. There are other species and color forms available in specialty nurseries. I rarely see them planted in American gardens, which is a shame because it is a lovely flower to behold. I have one friend who has become very involved in native culture and goes on bulb digging expeditions in the fall to harvest this wild crop. I have yet to taste one though. I just admire their beauty and hope that they are allowed to flourish where ever possible to paint the fields blue in Spring.
|Springtime in the Southern Willamette Valley