Quamasta quamash (Pursh) Coville
Camas is a relative of the lilies and hyacinths. It grows in large
quantities in open meadows or boggy fields. When in bloom in early
spring a camas meadow appears at a distance like a blue lake. The
bulbs were used extensively as food by the northwestern Indians.
When boiled they resemble potatoes in flavor. If baked over hot
stones enclosed in a covering of grass for thirty-six hours they have
a delicious chestnut flavor. Father de Smet in his "Oregon Missions"
terms the bulb "the queen root of this clime."
This lovely camas ranges from Utah, Montana, and northern Cali-
fornia to British Columbia.
The sketch was made from plants growing at the east entrance to
Glacier National Park, Montana.
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