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Camas
(Small Camas, Swamp Sego)

Camassia quamash



First Noted by Expedition
June 23, 1806, on the Weippe Prairie, Idaho.
 

Description
Light to deep blue-violet, star-shaped flowers in a raceme; several narrow, grasslike leaves grow mostly near the base. Height: 12-20 in (30-50 cm).
 

Habitat
Moist meadows.
 

Range
Southern British Columbia to northern California; east to northern Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
 

Note
This species is sometimes so frequent as to color entire meadows blue-violet. Indians pit-roasted the bland bulbs with other leaves, and also boiled them, which yielded a good syrup.

Species information from enature.com
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