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Wild hyacinth

Camassia scilloides

This flood plain and moist prairie plant is a member of the lily family and is characterized by small bulbs, like those of a small tulip in size and shape. Light blue-violet flowers begin to bloom in late May and progress from the bottom toward the top of the spike-like raceme.  It thrives in full sun, but also tolerates open shade such as provided by a woodland edge.  It likes rich, acidic soils, but can tolerate clay soils with adequate moisture, especially when it is in flower.    

Attractive to insects seeking nectar and pollen, Camassiascilloides re-seeds itself and, though slow to establish, is long-lived.  By mid-summer, the basal leaves turn yellow and wither away and the plant remains dormant for the rest of the year.

Photo Credit: Jay Sturner from USA, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Bloom Color: Blue

Bloom Time: Spring

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Size: 12 – 24 in.

Soil: Acidic, Clay

Value: Native

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