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Indian Hyacinths

At-A-Glance:

  • Hardy Zones: 4-9
  • Spacing: 4-6"
  • Height: 18-24"
  • Ships As: package of 10 bulbs
  • Full Sun Full Sun
  • Partial Shade Partial Shade
  • Deer resistant Deer resistant

Indian Hyacinths

Camassia quamash

About:

The five species of Camassia are in the Lily family, Liliaceae, and are native to southwestern Canada and northwestern U.S. The genus name is derived from the Native American words for the plants, camass or quamash. The bulbs of Indian Hyacinths, Camassia quamash, used to be an important food source and were shared by the Native Americans with Lewis and Clark during their expedition. Indian hyacinth is now known for its grass-like leaves, spiky blue-violet flowers and ability to ‘naturalize’, or spread.

Planting:

Plant bulbs in rich, well-drained soil, in an area that receives full sun to part shade. Plant pointed end up, 4-5” deep and 4-6” apart. Water well. In nature, Camassia thrive in moist spring meadows that dry out over the summer. Wet winter soil may cause the bulbs to rot, so be sure to choose a site that drains well.

Maintenance

Provide moisture during the spring growing season. There is no need to water after blooming, as Indian Hyacinths prefer dry summer conditions. As with other spring- and summer-blooming bulbs, let the foliage die back on its own, allowing the plants to create energy for next year’s blooms. If conditions are right, the bulbs will spread and ‘naturalize’ over the area. If bulbs get too crowded, the best time to dig and divide them is in early to mid summer, after the leaves have yellowed, but are still visible.

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