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Camassia scilloides

[]Exceptionally rare!

But......... exceptionally easy to grow, and exceptionally rewarding.

Camassia scilloides may just be one of the very rarest plants that I've ever grown, but it's also one of the easiest. Native to almost every state east of the Rocky Mountains, I can't imagine a climate where it wouldn't thrive in an average to well drained, shady to dappled sunlight spot in the garden.

I know you'll be enthralled in early Spring when a medium green bud pokes its head up from the bare ground. For me, here in zone 5, that's late March. In less than a couple of weeks, that tip pushes skyward and unfurls into glossy, strapping foliage that is 12" - 24" long and 1" wide. A short time later, a sturdy spike, loaded with flower buds starts edging up slowly. And then, all of a sudden, dozens of soft, greyish blue, six petaled, starlike flowers begin opening from the bottom up.

The flowers remain open for quite a while and clean up very nicely. I've even used them as cut flowers and they hold up very well. If you're lucky, they'll set seeds without any help from you, but if you want to assure yourself a good seed set, get out there with a small paint brush and play Bumble Bee and dab some pollen from the open anthers on to the stigma in the center of the flower. Even the seed pods are ornamental. You can let them self sow or collect the seeds and sow them in pots. The bulbs they grow from are very perennial and I've had mine for many years. They've also self sown into a lovely colony.

Camassia scilloides seems to have no insect, pest or disease problems and although I can't steadfastly say that this plant is 100% varmint proof, it's not the first choice of any of the hungry critters that make my farm their home. I've rarely seen it disturbed.

Over the last few years, I've been building a good stock of this beautiful plant to share with you, and if now isn't the correct time to plant in your area, you can still reserve them for a later ship date by specifying that in a space provided on our order form. Please circle the ship date in red so I don't miss it.

What you'll receive are bareroot, flowering size 5 to 7 year old bulbs, wrapped in long fibered, unmilled sphagnum moss. This material is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and a very useful material.

The prices shown below include FREE SHIPPING on bareroot plants out of their 2" pots. If you would like to receive the plants undisturbed, in their pots, please add .95¢ per plant to cover the extra cost of shipping soil and pots.

3   for $ 25.00  delivered ($8.35 ea)
7   for $ 50.00  delivered ($7.15 ea)
12  for $ 75.00  delivered ($6.25 ea)
20  for $100.00  delivered ($5.00 ea)

Larger quantities at even lower prices upon request.

Ordering couldn't be easier! Just fill out the order form at http://www.sunfarm.com/orderform.pdf

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Last modified March 22, 2010
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