Common Camas Seeds (Camassia quamash)
The most important historical native food plant in the Northwest
Native across the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, the stunning blue flowers of camas historically lit up prairies, marshes, and oak savannahs in the spring.
This plant was once a keystone species, dominating open clearings maintained by incredible native people who carefully tended large grasslands to provide habitat for this plant, in ways that we now mostly have no comprehension of. The bulbs were dug in the fall and pit roasted to breakdown the inulin into simpler sweet caramelized sugars providing a staple food for the Nez Perce, Cree, Blackfoot, Coastal Salish, Lummi, and other native peoples, as well as source of food for the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Camas is lily-like in appearance with grassy leaves. Common camas typically grows up to a foot and a half tall and prefers loose, fertile soils.
Approximately 100 seeds per packet (0.7 grams).