Camassia cusickii has wisteria-blue flumes and makes a fantastic addition to the garden. Camassia cusickii is great for attracting insects to the garden especially bees and butterflies. They will naturalise easily and as such provides an abundance of colour in the garden for many years.
Cusickii are ideal when grown in the poorer areas of the garden or in areas that you want to leave to natualise. Camassia are very tough bulbs and as such are happy to be planted in soils that are less than perfect. They will endure soils that are heavy and poorly drained. Can be grown very effectively in grassland and meadow land areas as well as in the cultivated borders of the garden. Leave undisturbed from year to year for the best performance. Do not allow bulbs to dry out during the growing season.
Cultivate soils to a depth of 20cms and plant bulbs as per the growing information below. In heavy soils such as clay add grit or humus matter to help with drainage and plant slightly shallower at 10cms deep. In sandy soils add organic matter to help with fertility. They will naturalise really well and after a number of years may need to be divided, at which time lift them when the flowers have died back and re-plant.
Protect early growth in the spring from slugs and snails . Ideal foods are well rotted manures, grass clippings, tomato feed and bone meal.
Tip: Camassia are ideal to grow with herbaceous plants, alliums and early flowering lilies.
Very attractive to Bees and pollinating insects and will burst into flower in the late spring.
Flowering Height: 24-28″ (60-70cm)
Flowering Period: May-June
Soil type: All free draining soils, although they will grow well in less fertile soils.
Aspect: Shadier areas of the garden. They will grow in semi shade especially when the soil remains damp.
Scented: No significant scent.
Planting Depth: 15cms
Spacing: 10-15cms apart.
They have become very popular in the last few years and can be seen growing in the RHS gardens at Wisley
Full growing instructions provided.
New season bulbs will be dispatched from September onwards.