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Camassia leichtlinii
great camas

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Meadows, prairies, balds, and hillsides where moist, at least in spring.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Scapose perennial from a deep-seated bulb, the scape 3-5 dm. tall.


Leaves several, all basal, up to 6 dm. long and mostly 7-20 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a raceme, 1-2 dm. long at flowering, longer in fruit; pedicels 10-40 mm. long, ascending in fruit; flowers light to deep blue-violet; tepals 6, distinct, alike, 2.5-3.5 cm. long and 5-10 mm. broad, twisting above the ovary and covering it; stamens 6, style slender, stigmas 3.


Capsule 3-celled, 15-25 mm. long

Accepted Name:
Camassia leichtlinii (Baker) S. Watson
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 20: 376. 1885. 1885.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Camassia leichtlinii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Camassia leichtlinii checklist entry

OregonFlora: Camassia leichtlinii information

E-Flora BC: Camassia leichtlinii atlas page

CalPhotos: Camassia leichtlinii photos

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