10 responses to “Camassia quamash subsp. walpolei”

  1. Mandy Macdonald

    We have tall white camassias in our garden (flowering just now), but this pale blue is much more beautiful.

  2. Diana Ferguson

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Vicki

    I love it when the Camas lilies delineate the pioneer prairie, and my heart breaks when I see the bulldozers and developers remove forever this reminder of by-gone days. We have areas along the Interstate as you go south from Olympia WA that become a sea of blue this time of year!

  4. Jane / MulchMaid

    Thank you for featuring a subspecies of one of my favorite wildflowers! One place I love seeing their delicate spring beauty is walking the trails on Sauvie Island, just outside Portland off Hwy 30.

  5. Charles Thirkill

    Thanks for this entry.
    I had no idea there were so many subspecies of Camas. We have the Common- and Great camas on Vancouver Island. The albino variants are lovely. Harewood Plains, on the southern edge of Nanaimo, is in full bloom right now, and looks absolutely stunning.
    It is all pinks with Sea blush and blue with Camas. Soon there will be Lotus pinnatus, which was declared as the floral emblem of Nanaimo. I wouyld be happy to send a photo. It is quite rare in Canada, but common in Washington and Oregon.

  6. phillip

    …what it must be like for a teeny bee on a tiny flower in this so large of a world..

  7. David Hollombe

    “Quamasia walpolei n. sp.”…
    ” It is a pleasure to dedicate the interesting species to the late Mr. F. A. Walpole.
    “All of the specimens examined are from southwestern Oregon:
    “Hood River, Klamath Indian Reservation, F. A. Walpole, No. 2218, June 22, 1902, in flower (type); Fort Klamath, F. A. Walpole,No. 2251, July 25, 1902, in fruit; Klamath Valley, Dr. H. M. Cronkhite, Nos. 16 and 48, in 1864; Kean Creek, Jackson County, Elmer I. Applegate, No. 2302, May 25, 1898; Roseburg, W. C. Cusick, No. 4026.”

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    daniel i used google images on my search at least
    three or more pages and a picture will
    have a link lovely pictures of fields in bloom
    i enjoy reading about the early days gives
    me an idea of what my very early ancestors
    would have seen and wondered about
    thank you and to all the commenters thank you

  9. Troy Mullens

    Great post and lots of interesting comments. Thanks for sharing this beautiful flower.

  10. Fiona Law

    I would really love to see these growing in the wild, or in swathes along the motorway, as a couple of people have commented (great if you could post pics of this). Here (in South East England) they are a specialist plant you’d only see in a designed garden. It’s hard to imagine they would naturalise in London clay, however much you’d nurture them. Am hoping to come to California and Oregon next year, but May/June is a difficult time to get away

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