ABOUT LISA BERRY
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Scientific Name: Camassia quamash
Common Name: Camas Lily
Color: Blue to Purple
Description: This star-shaped flower consists of three long petals with three indistinguishable sepals. Bright yellow anthers protrude from a green ovary.
Habitat: Wet meadows that dry out by the end of spring.
Edibility/Toxicity: The sweet-tasting bulbs were a staple of many Native Americans, particularly local Washoe, who pressed the bulbs into a cookie-like treat for festivals and celebrations.
Comments: As livestock destroyed camas lily fields, the flower became the center of disputes between settlers and Native American tribes, affecting harvest rights, trade, and religious issues.