Camassia Leichtlinii Caerulea
Delivery: From end August
The beautiful Camassia Leichtilinii produces masses of dark blue flowers held on tall spikes. These star shaped, slightly recurved flowers appear from the mid-green leaves. They are perfect for planting in a meadow or middle to back of the border and are excellent as cut flowers.
|Delivery||From end August|
|Garden Position||Sun, Partial shade|
|Height (Mature plant)||70 cm|
|Month of Blooming||May (Late), June|
|Planting Time||Autumn, Winter|
|Planting density (per m2)||25|
|Planting position||Middle, Back|
|Size||14/+ cm Bulb|
|Special Features||Animal Resistant, Good for Cut Flowers, Naturalising|
|Suitable for Pots||No|
|Type of Soil||Fertile, Humus Rich, Moist, Well Drained|
Camassia Leichtlinii Cerulea are exquisite flower bulbs, renowned for their stunning cerulean blue blooms. Also known as Camas Lily, features tall spikes 60-70cm high. Flowering steadily from base to tip. Adorned with clusters of star-shaped flowers in a striking shade of blue. Each blossom boasts six delicate petals, creating a captivating visual display. This extends their flowering time and gives you more opportunity to enjoy their colour.
These flower bulbs are easy to grow, making them an ideal choice for both experienced and novice gardeners.
Best Conditions for Growing Camassia Bulbs:
To ensure optimal growth and blooming, it's essential to provide the right conditions for your Camassia bulbs. Here are the key factors to consider:
- Sunlight Requirements: Camassia bulbs thrive in full or partial sun. Ideally, they should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms.
- Soil Type: These flower bulbs prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A slightly acidic to neutral soil pH is ideal. Ensure proper drainage to prevent waterlogging, as excessive moisture can lead to bulb rot.
Planting Depth: Plant the bulbs at a depth of approximately 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) below the soil surface. This depth provides stability and protects the bulbs from extreme temperatures while allowing them to establish themselves.
- Watering: Camassias require moderate watering. Keep the soil evenly moist, especially during their active growth period in spring. Avoid overwatering, as soggy soil can cause bulb damage. During the dormant season, reduce watering to prevent bulb rot.
- Maintenance: Once the flowers have finished blooming, allow the foliage to die back naturally. This process allows the bulbs to store energy for the next season. You can remove the faded foliage once it has turned yellow or brown.
- Companion Planting: Camassia Leichtlinii Cerulea bulbs complement a range of garden companions, including tulips, daffodils, and other spring-blooming bulbs. Their tall spires provide an excellent backdrop for lower-growing perennials and annuals.
The camassia bulbs produce a lot of strap-like foliage. Give your bulbs plenty of room to grow. In autumn it is a good idea to divide the bulbs and replant them to prevent over crowding.