Jun 22 2013

Wild Hyacinth

Published by at 7:13 am under Plants

Camassias scilliodes (photo by Dianne Machesney)

I missed the opportunity to show you this flower in late May while it was still blooming, but it’s worth a look.

This is a Wild Hyacyinth (Camassia scilliodes) also called Atlantic camas, an uncommon flower in western Pennsylvania.

From afar its long thin leaves are a tangle at the base of the plant, its light blue flowers stand up on a 1.5 to 2 foot stalk.  The stalk blooms bottom to top. Up close you can see the flower’s yellow central disk and stamens.

Camassias scilliodes from afar (photo by Dianne Machesney)

 

Dianne Machesney photographed these on a Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania outing to Lawrence County on May 25.

Check out the Botanical Society’s website for information on their free outings which are open to the public.

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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