Photograph of a close-up of a specimen of wild hyacinth (Camassia scilloides), ca.1920. Two main interlocking stalks are shown, their branches extending almost at right angles from the stalk. Small, thistle-like blossoms can be seen. A neutral background is visible behind.; "History: 'Brodiaea' was named for James J. Brodie, a Scotch botanist. 'Douglasii' indicates that the species designation of the plant was named for David Douglas. Description: The Wild Hyacinth has blue, tubular-shaped flowers in a cluster at the top called an umbel. There are 5 to 15 flowers in the umbel with each flower about 1 inch long. This flower cluster sits at the top of a slender leafless stem, which has a few basal, grass-like leaves that are shorter than the stem. The Wild Hyacinth has a coated bulb. It blooms in late April to early May. Habitat: Found in open woods of valleys, hills and mountains as well as meadows and rocky areas. Medicinal value: The bulb of this plant is edible and was a particular favorite of the Nez Perce Indians. It was eaten either raw or cooked and has a sweet, nutlike flavor." -- unknown author.