Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Atlantic Camass (Camassia scilloides)
- Family: Lily (Liliaceae)
- Flowering: April-May.
- Field Marks: The distinguishing features of this species are the long, narrow leaves that are all basal and the raceme of pale blue flowers with the six petal-like parts barely united at the base.
- Habitat: Wet woods, along streams, damp prairies.
- Habit: Perennial herb with a bulb.
- Stems: Leafless, except for 1 or 2 reduced leaves near the cluster of flowers at the tip of the stem.
- Leaves: All basal, long and narrow, smooth without teeth, up to 2 feet long, up to 3/4 inch wide.
- Flowers: Several in a terminal raceme up to 10 inches long, each flower up to 3/4 inch across.
- Sepals and Petals: 6, undifferentiated, pale blue, united at the base, each segment up to 3/4 inch long.
- Stamens: 6.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Capsules triangular to nearly spherical, smooth, 3-parted, up to 1/2 inch long, sometimes about as broad.
- Notes: The bulbs of this species are said to be edible.
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