Camassia leichtlinii caerulea is an elegant and easy bulb for moist soil in full sun or partial shade.
Pyramidal spikes or racemes of up to a hundred mid blue to lilac 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.
Camassia leichtlinii looks stunning when planted against a background of golden foliage such as Cotinus coggyria Golden Spirit, Choisya ternata Sundance or Philadelphus coronarius Aureus where the lilac blue flowers and cool, precise shapes of the buds and anthers will show up dramatically against the lighter tones. Other suitably dramatic companions might be Fatsia japonica, Aucuba japonica Rozannie both with strong, architectural light green foliage or try Camassia leichtlinii caerulea against the stunning foliage of Fatsia japonica Spiders Web – take a look at our garden shrubs section for these and many other possible planting combinations.
Adaptable Camassia leichtlinii caerulea is also really good for taking the border through that blank time between the end of spring plantings and the start of summer flowering.
Native to damp mountain meadows in North America, Camassia leichtlinii caerulea 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.