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In traditional medicine a decoction of the roots has been used to induce labour. An infusion of the leaves has been used to treat vaginal bleeding after birth and to help expel the placenta. (Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. 1998),


A synonym of Camassia esculenta.

Geographical distribution

  • Northern America, Northwestern U.S.A.
  • Northern America, Southwestern U.S.A.
  • Northern America, Western Canada

Camassia quamash (Pursh) Greene

Genus: Camassia
Species: quamash (Pursh) Greene
Common names: Blue Camass; Camash; Camosh; Quamash
Distribution summary: W.Canada, N.W. & S.W.U.S.A.
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H4 - Hardy; average winter
Habitat: Woods, banks, ditches, mountains
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: North America (A)
Flowering months: May, June
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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