spe:lxw (Blue Camas)

The blue camas is a tuber which is collected from mountain slopes, grassy bluffs or other areas likely to have thin soil on rocks. This wild potato has a blue flower, perched atop a stalk that is up to 50 centimetres in height. As with wild onion, blue camas can be confused with death camas, and is therefore picked while flowering to reduce this risk. The camas family of tubers was very important on the South Coast as there are very few plants that can be considered a carbohydrate source (complex sugars).

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