Scientific Name: Linum spp.
Common Name: blue flax
Family Name: Linaceae
Origin: Central / west Asia, Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Annual, Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 0.4 - 0.7m x < 0.1m (height x width)
Habit: Stiffly upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Fine
Landscape Uses: Medicinal plant, Perennial border, Rock garden
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Spiraled, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Flowers solitary, Blue, Violet, Jun-Jul-Aug
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Aug-Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Stems wiry (only 1-2mm thick), upright, green, to 50cm tall, unbranched except at upper third; leaves simple, spirally arranged, linear, entire margins, up to 3cm long; flowers about 1.5cm wide with 5 blue petals at tips of branches in June-July.