Atlantic camas, eastern camas, wild-hyacinth
[Camassia esculenta (Ker Gawl.) B.L.Rob., more...]
Etymology: Camassia: from native American words Camas and quamash for "sweet" in reference to the importance of this plant as a food source
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall forb; from a bulb
Leaves: basal, grass-like, 1/4"-1/3" wide
Flowers: white to blue, 6-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, star-shaped, stalks 1/2"-1" long; inflorescence a many-flowered, loose, terminal, spike-like cluster (raceme) on a long, thick stalk; blooms April-June
Fruits: rounded capsule
Habitat: moderate moisture to wet; prairies, open woods
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Endangered
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = FAC+ WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.