Camassia leichtlinii alba is an elegant and easy bulb for moist soil in full sun or partial shade.
Pyramidal spikes or racemes of up to a hundred ivory white star shaped flowers about two inches across,are carried on 90cm tall stems in late spring and early summer. The basal clumps of strap shaped leaves are robust enough to allow this lovely plant to be used for naturalising in wildflower areas. They do prefer to be left undisturbed for several years to establish themselves and build up strong flowering clumps. Applying a generous layer of mulch in the autumn will also help to build up the bulbs and keep them in top condition to give a superb display in the following year.
For a more formal approach, plant Camassia leichtlinii alba against a dark background such as an evergreen hedge or clipped Holly where the pale flowers and cool, precise shapes of the buds and anthers will show up dramatically against the darker foliage. Other suitably dramatic companions might be Cotinus coggyria Royal Purple, Photinia Red Robin or the stunning dark foliage of Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo d’Or – take a look at our garden shrubs section for these and many other possible planting combinations.
These adaptable plants are also really good for taking the border through that blank time between the end of spring plantings and the start of summer flowering in the border.
Native to damp mountain meadows in North America, Camassia leichtlinii alba is very happy in any moisture retentive soil, as long as it is reasonably well drained and not boggy or waterlogged. Normally only available as dry bulbs for planting in the autumn, here at Halcyon, we are glad to be able to offer them as 2 litre potted plants, ready for planting out no matter when you need them.
Further information on Camassia leichtlinii alba
There is a great deal of fascinating information about the history, cultivation and usage of the Camassia species on the website of the North American Native plant society athttp://www.nanps.org