Two Great Bulb Flowers Blooming Now

Submitted 6 months ago
Created by
Henry Homeyer

Each day in summer I delight in walking along my flower gardens to see what is in bloom. Recently one of my favorites is a lesser-known bulb plant called Camassia, also known as wild hyacinth. The one I have is Camassia leichtlinii ‘Caerluea’. Mine are 36 to 48 inches tall and appear to have no need for staking.

Camassia is a wonderful bulb plant.

These camassia come from bulbs I planted last fall. I got 10 bulbs from JohnScheepers for $12.25 and I am delighted with the results. Each bulb produces 2 or 3 stems, and the flowers blossom up the stems, blooming from bottom to top. So far they have been blooming for more than 10 days and are not done yet.

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Apparently camassia are native to the Cascade mountains of Washington and Oregon and naturalize nicely. I may try planting some more this fall. Most varieties are blue or white, but at least one is a pale pink. Unlike many bulbs, camassia thrive in moist soils, and I have plenty of places for them. They do nicely as cut flowers, too.

I have my camassia planted next to another bulb plant that is in bloom right now: Leucojum aestivum 'Summer Snowflake'. These flowers look like snowdrops on steroids: pendulant white bells hanging down on 18- to 20-inch tall stems. I got 25 bulbs 25 years ago, and they have developed into a massive clump.

Leucojum aestivum or summer snowflake.

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