Daffodils are the bulb of choice for naturalising in the UK but if you fancy something a bit different or have a damp area where most bulbs rot then this North American native is a stunning alternative. Once a food source for Native Americans (although the bulbs take 2 days to cook), Camassia grow best in moisture retentive but not waterlogged soils in sun or light shade.
They are ideal for a flower meadow and will slowly spread and naturalise by bulb offsets and seed.
In late spring the star shaped pale blue flowers are borne on solid stems above long strap like leaves. By mid- summer the plant becomes dormant and can be mown down.
They can also be grown in the spring border and make a good cut flower.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Moist but well-drained
Full sun, partial shade