Great Camas

collected in 1972
Scientific Name:
Camassia leichtlinii (Baker) S.Wats

Meadows of Great Camas, Camassia leichtlinii (Baker) S.Wats, provide a spectacular display of blue in mid to late spring in drier parts of southwest BC, as well as in a few locations in the southern interior. The bulbs of this species were an important source of carbohydrate for First Nations and were prepared by pit cooking.

This specimen was collected on May 20, 1972, on the Saanich Peninsula near Victoria by ethnobotanist Nancy Turner. Dr Turner has dedicated more than 40 years to documenting the invaluable natural history knowledge of First Nations in BC. Often the indigenous name is recorded on the specimen label, but not in this case.

This object selected by Dr Ken Marr.