Feb. 3, 2017

wild hyacinth, Camassia scilloides

This was, for me, some more of Dr. Herb Wagner's magic. I took a class from him, and we talked a lot about what might be seen near my home. It seemed like every time he mentioned something rare, I would see it the next time I was out. These are amazingly beautiful plants. They bloom in tall spikes almost three feet high, in blue, white, or shades between. Within a couple weeks of flowering, they will have disappeared until the next season. American Indians ate the one inch bulbs raw, or cooked in a variety of ways. Occurring in AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI(T), MO, MS, NC(T), OH, OK, PA(E), SC, TN, TX, VA, WI(E), WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 5/8/12