CAMAS, a member of the lily family, is a blue (and occasionally white) flowering plant with a sizable bulb that was a staple food item for aboriginal people, who harvested them from May to July and steamed them in large pits. The sweet-tasting bulbs were traded as a delicacy amongst some First Nations groups. The camas occurs in BC in 2 species. The great camas (Camassia leichtlinii) is found only on southeastern VANCOUVER ISLAND south from NANAIMO. It is recorded that fields of great camas...

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