Bundle of 5 large bulbs.

At a Glance: Great camas is a perennial herb that grows from an edible bulb. The plant can grow from 24-48 inches (60-120cm) tall and has a dark purple flower. This species is larger than common camas.

Leaves: Leaves are long and narrow, grass-like, and emerge from the

Flowers: Great camas blooms in late April to late June. The inflorescence is a
spike-like dark purple cluster.

Growing Conditions:

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
Full sun > 80%
Mostly sunny 60%-80%
Partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
Low elevation
Mid elevation
High elevation


Photo by Northwest Meadowscapes.

MacKinnon, A., Pojar, J., & Alaback, P. B. (1994). Plants of the Pacific Northwest coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Richmond, Wash: Lone Pine Publishing.

Natural Resources Conservation Service. Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Guide GREAT CAMAS.