Camassia scilloides

Camassia scilloides

Camassia scilloides is a perennial herb also known as the Atlantic camas and Southern Wild Hyacinth. It is found on the black soil prairies in Texas. It has an inflorescence of pale blue flowers on a leafless stalk 30 - 70 centimeters long, arising from a subterranean stem and bulb that is 1.5 - 3 cm diameter.

Cultivation and uses

The bulb was used by native American indians as a food source, raw, boiled or baked.


  • Delena Tull (1987), Edible and Useful Pants of Texas and the Southwest, pgs 110-111.
  • Kelly Kindscher (1987), "Edible Wild Plants of the Prairie", pgs 72 - 75.

External links

  • United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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