Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wildflower Wednesday--Wild Hyacinth

Wild hyacinth (Camassia scilloides): native to North America with distribution from Ontario, Canada, down through the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic all the way to the Southeast and Texas. According to the USDA, it's endangered in Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Here, it has been the star of the new south border. Its blooms are white shaded with the slightest hint of lavender.

As one of many new residents in this border, it's been the only one blooming this spring (which is not surprising).

It's been easy to grow and easy to love...takes part sun and average to dry soil, hardy in zones 4-8, reaching around 18" tall.


Gail said...

You already named it Rose! I like calling it Wild Hyacinth. Isn't it a wonderful flower! Ours blooms so much earlier being zone 7a and it's always a treat to see spring again. So glad you joined in. gail

Rose said...

I have probably seen this wildflower growing here, but I had no idea what it was. Thanks for identifying it for me! It really does make a lovely addition to your border.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

You may find it easy to grow, but I just can't seem to make it happy. It sulked in its old location, so I moved it to an area with more room and better soil, and it's still sulking. No blooms for me. Yours looks gorgeous.

garden girl said...

They are lovely Rose. I'd like to try them in our garden.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

We sold those at the nursery for a very large sum of money. Never knew that they were natives, live and learn.

Beautiful, no matter if they are native or not.


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