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Wild Hyacinth


Scientific Name     

Camassia scilliodes   Raf.  Cory

Family Name

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

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leaves

raceme

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form

flowers

Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

prairies and moist, open woods

Plant Height:  

15-60 cm, erect scape, rhizome

Flower Color:  

blue to lavender to white

Flower:  

sepals and petals 3 each (often referred to as tepals), colored alike making a 6-pointed flower; pedicles to 1 cm elongating in fruit; glabrous; stamens 6; opposite tepals; ovary superior, glabrous with 3 locules, many seeded, stigma 3-lobed; subtended by small bracts 

Inflorescence:  

non-determinate raceme with many (40 or more) flowers 

Fruit:  

several-seeded capsule, triangular to spherical

Leaves:  

basal; linear; entire; keeled (sharp, longitudinal ridge) 

Bloom Time:  

April-May

Origins:  

native

Other:  

bulbs of plant were used by Native Americans and early explorers for food; quick bloomer