Wild Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) flower
Wild Blue Flax
Linum lewisii
Flax family - Linaceae

Growth habit: Medium height, airy perennial

Height: 30 - 60 cm

Spread: 30 cm

Bloom Time: June - July

Bloom Colour: Sky blue to light blue

Light: Full sun

Moisture: Average to dry, drought tolerant

Soil: Poor to average, grows in clay but must be well-drained

Seeding: Easy to grow and does not need cold stratification. First year growth is minimal as the roots develop. Rapid growth and blooming occurs in second year.

Landscape uses: Graceful airy stems covered in blue flowers early summer, repeat blooms more lightly through summer. Not long-lived, allow volunteer seedlings to replace the older plants. Mature plants do not like to be transplanted, but small seedlings transplant well. An attractive plant for the rock garden or dry, sunny areas.

Interesting features: The single flower on a stalk opens in the morning and closes by end of day. New flowers open the next day. Will cross-pollinate with non-native forms found in commercial wildflower seed mixes.

Natural habitat: Moist grasslands, dry open woods and slopes. Found often in disturbed areas along roadsides.

Ecology: Info coming soon