James Waddick
Tue, 06 Jun 2006 13:29:54 PDT
>       Another camas that is a favorite here is the eastern C 
>scilloides that flowers dependably but increases only slowly by 
>offsets.  Its light blue flowers are always welcome in May.  Unlike 
>Jane, I admire C. cusickii very much and always await its long 
>racemes of light blue florets with keen anticipation.

Dear all'
	Jerry F mention this species common to a farm I own about 100 
miles south of home in E Kansas.  Unlike leichtlinii which is one of 
favorites, C. scilloides is a washed out dullard. It is extremely 
abundant on dry rocky prairie hillsides, even the gravel driveway 
unlike the moisture loving C. leictlinii.  I find the color too pale 
to get excited about pale blue fading to grey.

	I took a look to confirm this name and was surprised to find 
that a second Camassia should also be found on the farm - C. angusta 
which blooms later with more flowers of a richer blue-purple color 
in a similar habitat. I don't know that i have ever seen it though. 
Maybe I just dismiss the dull C. scilloides and failed to even notice!

	Jane your C. 'Puget Blue' sounds great. Will you offer bulbs 
this summer?

		Best	Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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