Mary and John open up their pasture to showcase not only the Kincaid's lupine, but other native wet and upland prairie plants that are found on the farm, including the mule ear (Wyethia angustifolia), camas (Camassia quamash
), pale larkspur (Delphinium pavonaceum), and thin leaved peavine (Lathyrus holochlorus).
Investigate the North American native bulb Camassia or quamash
. A West Coast native, its flower stems reach 3 feet or more, sporting blue-violet blooms.
It takes lots of clay to cover acres of landfill, and Hansen said Short Mountain tends to be "dirt poor." The county scraped up more than 300,000 cubic yards of clay when it created the nearby Quamash
Prairie wetland mitigation area, and that's being used to cap the landfill's original two cells.
: More commonly known as a spring bulb with a vibrant blue
Like Camosun (for Victoria), those names carried a cachet because two stunning blue, multiheaded lilies--Camassia quamash
and Camassia leichtlinii--provided a staple food crop that the First Nations depended on so fundamentally they went to war over them.
They originate from western North America where the Chinook Indians, who used to eat the bulbs, named them kamas or quamash
. As their native habitat suggest, they are not totally hardy in Britain though the bulbs will cope with temperatures down to minus 5C (23F), lower when heavily mulched through winter.
Indigenous knowledge experts have worked with scientists to restore Camas Prairies (Camassia quamash
) and other plant communities.