Linum lewisii

Blue flax

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

Quite ephemeral in appearance with blue-green slender leaves and shimmering sky blue flowers borne on long wiry stems. 

It blooms from late spring to mid-summer but the flowers only truly open on sunny days. 

Very decorative rounded seed-heads form in late summer.  

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

Dry, poor soil will do.

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

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£ 6.50

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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