Camassia

Camassia

These native North American bulbs are easy and immensely rewarding to grow. They favour damp, heavy soil, where they build into good-sized colonies in time, but are remarkably tolerant in most respects. By choosing different varieties, the flowering display can be extended from early May until mid-June, starting with the blue c.leichtlinii caerulea, followed by c.cusickii, c.Zwanenberg, c.leichtlinii alba and, finally, c.leichtlinii 'Sacajawea' and the double-flowered c.leichtlinii semiplena. The shorter c.esculenta presents its dark blue flowers midway in this period.

Please note that these bulbs are available to order on-line from June, for despatch from September onwards, and we also have limited stock of potted bulbs, in flower or bud now, available to personal callers to the nursery.

Please also note that we will be opening up the other bulbs in our extensiuve range over the next few days, so if you place your order now, you can place another order later and we will 'merge' the two so you only pay one P&P.  This does not apply to our range of autumn flowering bulbs, as these will usually be despatched separately and will incur a separate P&P charge.  It also does not apply to dahlia orders.  If in doubt, telephone us to discuss.

 

** Camassia can be planted from September to December, depending on your soil and weather conditions.  We have all the bulbs in stock and will start to despatch orders in date order (many were ordered at the beginning of June), but don't worry, you will all get your orders in time for planting and to flower next spring.

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Camassia cusickii
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia cusickii
Late spring flowering bulb with strong stems bearing spires of china-blue flowers with prominent golden stamens. Excellent in heavier, moist soils. Hardy bulb. Ht. 36" (1m). Bulb size 14+ cm Pack of 3 for £3.00 Pack of 10  for £7.50
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Camassia esculenta
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia esculenta
Quamash. Shorter camassia, suitable for naturalising in moist, grassy areas. The vivid blue flowers look marvellous in bold groups in meadow plantings & the bulbs are affordable enough to plant freely. Ht.14" (35cm).Bulb size 6+ cm Pack of 20 for £3.00 Pack of 100 for £12.50
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Camassia cusickii 'Zwanenburg'
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia cusickii 'Zwanenburg'
Lovely spires of bright blue flowers with golden anthers in May/June. Ht. 26" (65cm).Bulb size 14+ cm Prices held from 2015Pack of 3 £4.00Pack of 10 £11.00
from £4.00
Camassia leichtlinii alba AGM
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia leichtlinii alba AGM
The less-commonly seen white form of this bulb is easy to grow and the white flowers show up particularly well in the partial shade which it prefers. Hardy bulb flowering May/June. Ht. to 3’ (90cm).Bulb size 14+ cmPack of 3 £3.00Pack of 10 £7.50
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Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Heaven'
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Heaven'
Recent introduction , a cross between camassia cusickii and c. leichtlinii caerulea, with sky blue flowers. In its second year with us and the bulbs are being very generous with their flowers, without producing an excess of foliage. Bulb size 14+ cm Pack of 3 for £4.00 Pack of 10 for £11.00
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Camassia leichtlinii caerulea
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia leichtlinii caerulea
Late spring/early summer flowering hardy bulb with spikes of cool blue flowers to 3’ (90cm). Vigorous and capable of increasing rapidly. Any soil in partial shade.Bulb size 14+ cmPack of 3 bulbs for £3.00Pack of 10 bulbs for £7.50 Pack of 50 bulbs for £30.00
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Camassia leichtlinii 'Maybelle'
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia leichtlinii 'Maybelle'
New in 2015 Seen at the Chelsea Flower Show last year, this new variety is somewhat shorter and a little later into flower than c. leichtlinii caerulea. The flowers are vivid blue, with contrasting golden stamens. Ht.2' (60cm). Bulb size 14+ cm Pack of 3 bulbs for £3.50 Pack of 10 bulbs for £10.00
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Camassia leichtlinii 'Sacajawea'
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia leichtlinii 'Sacajawea'
Recent introduction, with cream flowers and the bonus of variegated foliage. We grew this for the first time around 3 years ago and it has since proved a real winner, with good foliage effect from March - June and lovely, cream-white flowers. Ht.32" (80cm). The second image shows how striking the variegated foliage is, as the bulbs mature. Bulb size 14+ cm Pack of 3 £4.00 Pack of 10 £11.00
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Camassia leichtlinii semi-plena
Available to order from 1st July 2015
Camassia leichtlinii semi-plena
A lovely semi-double form of the cream-flowered plant, offered only by specialist bulb suppliers. It is sterile, so never comes cheaply. Flowers early summer in an open situation, preferably in heavyish ground. At up to 42" (105cm), it is the tallest of the species.Bulb size 14+ cmPack of 3 bulbs for £4.00Pack of 10 bulbs for £11.00
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