Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Camassia - genus of scapose herbs of North and South America having large edible bulbsCamassia - genus of scapose herbs of North and South America having large edible bulbs
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
camas, camash, camass, camosh, quamash - any of several plants of the genus Camassia; North and South America
Camassia quamash, common camas - plant having a large edible bulb and linear basal leaves and racemes of light to deep violet-blue star-shaped flowers on tall green scapes; western North America
Camassia leichtlinii, Leichtlin's camas - camas found to the west of Cascade Mountains
Camassia scilloides, indigo squill, wild hyacinth - eastern camas; eastern and central North America
References in periodicals archive ?
I decided to plant up some of my beds with what I thought would be pleasing displays of spring bulbs, including a bed of blue camassia among yellow species tulips and I watched the bulbs gently thrust through the soil with great anticipation.
Solidaga urnlifolia, Myosotis rnacrosperrna, Valerianella umbilicata, Camassia scilloides, Phacelia purshii, Carex aggregate, Corydalis flavula).
com) CAMASSIA LEICHTLINII While most camassias are deep blue, these are a more subtle shade of pale pink and are just as hardy and tough as other leichtlinii, but broad-petalled in a soft baby pink.
The name is taken from that of a favorite food of the western Indians, the Camassia bulb, a plant related to the scilla.
But in 1999, the shattering truth of Tennal's history began to emerge and a massive police investigation, codenamed Operation Camassia, was launched.
Firm favourites include richly scented hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and crocus, while there is also an abundance of new varieties of iris, fritillaria and camassia to try.
Like Camosun (for Victoria), those names carried a cachet because two stunning blue, multiheaded lilies--Camassia quamash and Camassia leichtlinii--provided a staple food crop that the First Nations depended on so fundamentally they went to war over them.
Others accept the heavy moisture of a bog or a damp pond side: camassia and water iris (rhizomes).
When I last tried to buy a quantity of bulbs of Camassia leichtlinii caerulea there were none to be had anywhere.
We encountered nine species considered as threatened or endangered in Wisconsin (Wisconsin DNR 1993): Agastache nepetoides, Asclepias purpurescens, Besseya bullii, Camassia scilloides, Cypripedium candidum, Gentiana alba, Hypericum sphaerocarpum, Parthenium integrifolium, and Polytaenia nuttallii.
What a treasure trove - scores of tulip varieties, some old, some new, alongside a brand-new camassia, "Maybelle", with deeper blue flowers than usual, a more compact habit and a later flowering season, vied for attention with exquisite summer-flowering bulbs.
uk, tel 01460 242 177), says that if he could only plant one bulb type this autumn it would be Camassia 'Electra', with its huge lilac blue flowers blooming in late April.