Camassia cusickii (quamash) is a small American genus produces long, straight stems bearing dozens of small, star-shaped flowers in shades of pale blue. Hummingbirds visit these flowers often!

This quamash is found in the Meadow section in Lurie Garden, sprinkled amongst the quamash ‘Blue Danube.’ Quamash flowers in late spring, after daffodils and tulips have faded, before the burst of June perennials. It is tolerant of winter wet and can persist in damp sites.

Botanical Name Camassia cusickii
Common Name quamash
Family Asparagaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest spring
Height and Spread 2-2.5ft x 2ft (60-45cm x 60cm)
Flower Color Sky Blue
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators, notably hummingbirds. Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Native range: NW United States
Location in Lurie Garden Bird Border – Monroe, West Meadow, East Meadow

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