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Wild Hyacinth; Atlantic Camas - Camassia scilloides


Family: Liliaceae - Lily family Genus Common Name: Camas Native Status: Native
Camassia scilloides - Wild Hyacinth; Atlantic Camas. Wild Hyacinth, also known as Atlantic Camas and Eastern Camas. Atlantic Camas is the "official" national name, according to the USDA Plants Database. It grows in rich, shady, moist coves. The blooming period lasts for several weeks in April and May.

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Camassia scilloides

Distribution of Camassia scilloides in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 22 Aug 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-April-09Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
1/125f/5.6 ISO200
145mm (217 equiv) Flash: Yes
The blossoms of Camassia scilloides are in a terminal raceme. The individual blossoms have 6 pale blue tepals surrounding 6 yellow stamens and a green ovary. The blossoms are pollinated by bees.
Camassia scilloides

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2008-April-09Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D40
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Camassia scilloides

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-April-17Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/125f/4 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
The pale blue, sometimes fading to white, Wild Hyacinth blossoms are in a terminal raceme arising on a stem 1 to 3 feet above the basal grass-like leaves.
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Camassia scilloides

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