Where is Pocahontas when we need her?

Travis O enoster@hotmail.com
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:19:35 PDT
Off on a tangent... I read somewhere that Zigadenus (Toxicoscordion) was systematically weeded out by some Native American tribes when it grew in close vicinity to Camassia. The bulbs must look similar, since the plants are so different in flower.

I've never tried camas, but I've heard it's nutty. Some seed growers sell seeds and bulbs along with tomatoes, squash, and other vegetables. I've tried it from seed, but germ was low for me and my three tiny bulbs look like they've rotted.

Diana Chapman (Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:52:37 PDT)

"I believe that 'camas' is a Shoshone or Nez Perce word also, giving us 
the name of the genus Camassia. Camassias were a very important staple 
to these tribes." -Diana

Travis Owen
Rogue River, OR


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