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Camassia leichtlinii subsp. suksdorfii (Caerulea Group) 'Maybelle'

camass 'Maybelle'

'Maybelle' is a bulbous perennial with a compact habit and bright green linear leaves. In late spring it bears short racemes of blue flowers, slightly tinted purple

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Blue Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming, Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Camassia are bulbous perennials with narrow, channelled leaves and erect racemes of star-shaped violet-blue or creamy-white flowers in early summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich, fertile soil in sun or part shade. Plant bulbs 12cm deep and 15cm apart. Tough and tolerant of heavier soils. May have the potential to become a nuisance due to prolific self-seeding if not managed well

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe. Remove offsets when dormant in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Prairie planting
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead faded flower spikes, good for cut flowers

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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