Camas, Camassia quamash

by James Reveal

Lewis's Description, Comment by James L. Reveal. Artwork by Bob Gilman

Early Bloom at Packer Meadow, Lolo Pass

"there is a pretty little plain of about 50 acres plentifully stocked with quawmash and from appearances this forms one of the principal stages or encampments of the indians who pass the mountains on this road."

What does James Reveal have to say about Lewis's descriptions of the Camas plant?

These pages are in part by a grant from the Idaho Governor's Lewis and Clark Trail Committee.


Federal regulations (36CFR 261.9(a)) prohibit destroying or damaging any natural feature or property of the United States. That includes camas plants and meadows located on National Forest land, such as the one shown here.

Only members of Indian tribes are authorized to make use of these and other natural resources according to tribal traditions and sacred rites.