Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)

Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)

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Camassia scilloides, 1/2-pint plug

Exposure: Full-partial sun
Soil:
Medium dry-Medium wet
Height:
2 feet
Blooms:
May-June

DescriptionWild Hyacinth is the only eastern species of its genus, which is in the Lily family and characterized by squat bulbs, similar to those of small tulips in size and shape. Its pale blue-violet flowers begin to bloom from the bottom, progressing toward the top of the spike-like raceme at the end of the plant’s central stalk. It will thrive in full sun, but also open shade such as a woodland edge. It likes rich, acidic soils, but can tolerate clay soils with adequate moisture, especially when it is in flower. Attractive to a number of insects seeking nectar and pollen, wild hyacinth re-seeds itself but is slow from seed. Reproduction is also from bulb offshoots. By mid-summer, the basal leaves turn yellow and wither away and the plant remains dormant for the rest of the year.