Linum lewisii

Blue flax

Blue flax is a short-lived perennial native to a huge swathe North America. 

It has blue-green needlelike leaves and shimmering sky blue flowers, borne on wiry stems 60cm tall. 

It has a long bloom period - from late spring to mid-summer - but the flowers only truly open on sunny days. 

Very decorative rounded seed-heads form in summer.  

It grows on ridges and dry slopes, from sea level in Alaska up to 3,400 m in the Sierra Nevada so it's a tough little plant  adapting itself to some harsh climatic swings. 

Grow in poor, well-drained soil and full sun.   

Photo: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man).  Chanticleer Garden, from Wikimedia Commons

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£ 6.00

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Linaceae    

Hardy perennial    

H6    

60cm    

30cm    

Blue green     

Bright blue    

Well drained, poor    

Full sun

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