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Camassia scilloides (Raf.) Cory

Wild hyacinth, Atlantic camas, southern wild hyacinth

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusCamassiaFrom native American word Camas, for “sweet,” in reference to the importance of this plant as a food source
SpeciesscilloidesResembling genus Scilla, a genus in the Lily family

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These members of the lilly family are native to eastern North America.

Identification: Wild hyacinths grow to heights of 24" (60 cm). Leaves are long (to 15" (38 cm)) and narrow (less than ½" (1.3 cm)), clustered around the base. They are dull green on the top, shinier and deeper on the bottom. Flowers are arranged in conical clusters atop leafless stems. Each flower has six pale blue petals (technically tepals). The photo at right is too brightly colored to be wild—it is probably a cultivar.

Online References:

Camassia scilloides on Missouriplants.com

Camassia scilloides at Illinois Wildflowers

Camassia scilloides at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Camassia scilloides at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Camassia scilloides on Wildflowers of the United States

Camassia scilloides at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Camassia scilloides on eFloras

Camassia esculenta (Raf.) Cory

Quamasia hyacinthina (Raf.) Britton


Camassia scilloides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Sep 2020.

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Camassia scilloides (wild hyacinth, Atlantic camas, southern wild hyacinth)

1 · 8/27/2007 · Shore Acres State Park, Cape Arago, Ore­gon
≈ 9 × 6" (24 × 16 cm) ID is uncertain


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