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Friday, April 26, 2013

Camas Lilies (Camas quamash)

Many wildflowers grow in great numbers here during the spring but none of them in such profusion as these splendid Camas Lilies (Camas quamash). They are no longer classified as members of the lily family but many people continue to refer to them as lilies. The bulbs of this plant were an important food source for First Nations people over wide areas of North America. The bulbs were not gathered until late summer. Some were roasted and eaten but they could also be dried and ground into a kind of flour.


JoJo said...

They are very pretty. I love blue/purple flowers.

William Kendall said...

They're quite a lovely flower.

Stephanie said...

So that is what is growing rampant in the back yard here. They are a pretty color.