Camassia leichtlinii ‘Alba’ Creamy-white–petaled mauve-anthered 2" star-shaped blossoms open later and on much taller stalks than the blue-flowered C. quamash. Makes a graceful companion to flowering onions and holds up well in bouquets. This is a white selection from a species native to western North America.
Likes sun to partial shade. Blooms after most spring flowers are gone but before early summer flowers peak. Deer and rodent resistant. Prefers moist fertile soil around ponds, in light woods, or in the garden, and has the potential to naturalize.
24–36" tall. Late Spring to Early Summer blooms, Z3-8. 14-16cm bulbs.
6604 Leichtlin’s Camas
Novelties and Specialties
The Royal General Bulbgrowers Association in Holland (Koninklijke Algemeene Vereeniging voor Bloembollencultuur, or KAVB) puts this large group of diverse flowers into a boring catch-all category: Miscellaneous Bulbs. The expensive catalogs call them specialty or accent bulbs; some call them minor or dwarf bulbs (even though some of the fritillaries are huge!); Louise Beebe Wilder covered most of them in her 1936 classic Adventures with Hardy Bulbs. Whatever you call them, most are uncommonly sweet, delicate, colorful, and completely welcome in spring.