quamash ‘Blue Danube’
Camassia leichtlinii ‘Blue Danube’ (quamash ‘Blue Danube’) is a perennial with beautiful deep blue flowers that arise from its swordlike foliage. Hummingbirds visit these flowers often!
Each flower has 6 showy petal-like tepals and attractive stamens. This is a great plant to have in your garden to add color in late spring while everything else is slowly coming up. It can be found in the meadow section in Lurie Garden, planted with a sprinkle of quamash (Camassia cusickii), which has wider, lighter leaves and light periwinkle flowers.
The straight species Camassia leichtlinii is native to western North America and can be found in damp meadows. If you want quamash in your garden be sure to plant this corm in the fall.
|Botanical Name||Camassia leichtlinii ‘Blue Danube’|
|Common Name||quamash ‘Blue Danube’|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||spring|
|Height and Spread||3-4ft x 1-1.5ft (90-120cm x 30-45cm)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators, notably hummingbirds. Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Cultivated form of a plant native to US Northwest|
|Location in Lurie Garden||West Meadow, East Meadow|