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Linum lewisii - Wild Blue Flax

Sun Exposure: Sun - Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Medium-Dry, Dry

Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay,  Gravely, does well in nutrient poor soil

Height: 1 - 1.5 feet

Spread: 1 - 2 feet

Blooms: July, August, September

Root: Fibrous, Taproot

Habitat: Upland Prairies, Savannas, Cliff Crevices, Rocky Roadsides

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Drought Tolerant, Border plantings, Along walkways, Rock Garden

Complimentary Plants: Butterfly Milkweed, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Purple Prairie Clover

Wildlife Value: Small bees visit the flower for nectar and pollen. Bird eat the seeds.

Seed Origin: Coldwater, ON (Wildflower Farm seed supplier)

Germination Code:  A


Photo credits: Sundaura Alford-Purvis

Linum lewisii - Wild Blue Flax

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  • Blue flax is a clump-forming perennial with wiry, grass-like leaves and stunning violet-blue flowers that bloom in the summer. Each stem produces several flowers, blooming from the bottom upward.  Growing to 1.5 ft , Blue flax is a very drought-tolerant and low-maintenance plant that thrives in poor soils.  While its stems appear to be slender and fragile, they are actually rather fibrous and tough; their fibers were used for various purposes by Indegenous people, and the seeds are edible (and very nutritious) once cooked! 

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