Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Camassia leichtlinii ssp. suksdorfii (Suksdorf's Large Camas, Leichtlin's Camas, Great Camas)



 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Liliopsida – Monocotyledons






 Liliaceae – Lily family


 Camassia Lindl. – camas


 Camassia leichtlinii (Baker) S. Watson – large camas


 Camassia leichtlinii (Baker) S. Watson ssp. suksdorfii (Greenm.) Gould – Suksdorf's large camas

A beautiful perennial with star-like, slender petaled blossoms of creamy blue or white.

The handsome clusters of flowers form on tall, 2-4' spikes in late spring, about three weeks after Common Camas.

Greater Camas is found only on the west side of the Cascades and is hardy from USDA zones 6-10.

Camas will do well in sun or filtered shade and succeeds in heavy soils.

A true meadow plant, this Camas likes moisture in the winter and spring followed by a dry period in the summer.



Photo, left, credit:  Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington


Photo, left, credit:  Jerzy Opioła; Photo, center, credit:  Daderot, Botanischer Garten Freiburg;

Photo, right, credit:  Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington, Great Camas at San Juan Islands


Where Great Camas grows in the wild

Photo, left, credit:  Sten;  Photos credit:  Gentry George, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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