Lewis Flax

Lewis Flax

SKU: FL3833
This drought tolerant perennial forms clumps of tall, slender stems with narrow, inconspicuous leaves. The plants are crowned with clusters of lovely, pale blue, cup-shaped flowers. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

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More details about Lewis Flax

Linum lewisii. This drought tolerant perennial forms clumps of tall, slender stems with narrow, inconspicuous leaves. The plants are crowned with clusters of lovely, pale blue, cup-shaped flowers. Use Lewis Flax in xeriscaping schemes or in larger containers - it is hardy and durable. Plants grow to around 90cm (36") tall and bloom from mid to late summer. The stems make an interesting and airy touch to flower arrangements. This plant is often used for erosion control and its seed capsules are attractive to wild birds. All flax varieties can become established in the right conditions by spreading their seeds. However, they do not spread by rhizomes and are not considered noxious or weedy.

Perennial.

Quick Facts:

    • Perennial
    • Evergreen
    • Grows to 90cm (36")
    • Attracts pollinators
    • Feeds wild birds

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All About Lewis Flax

Latin

Latin
Linum sp.
Family: Linaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun

Timing

Timing
Direct sow after last frost date. Sow more seeds every two to three weeks for successive blooming. If starting seeds indoors is absolutely necessary, use peat pots and harden off seedlings carefully to avoid transplant shock.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds by barely covering them to a depth of 5mm (1/8″). Seeds germinate in 20 to 25 days. Thin seedlings to 15cm (6″) apart.

Growing

Growing
Cut back about half of the flowering stems in early summer to extend the blooming period. Grow in any well-drained soil with a pH range of 5.0 to 7.0 and avoid fertilizer and manure. Rich soil reduces blooming. Linum dislikes root disturbance, so it is not suitable for transplanting – it’s better to simply sow more seeds.

Linum grandiflorum is harmful if eaten, but the seeds of L. usitatissimum can be quite nutritious.

How to Grow Linum

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow after last frost date. Sow more seeds every two to three weeks for successive blooming. If starting seeds indoors is absolutely necessary, use peat pots and harden off seedlings carefully to avoid transplant shock.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds by barely covering them to a depth of 5mm (1/8″). Seeds germinate in 20 to 25 days. Thin seedlings to 15cm (6″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 5.0-7.0.

Cut back about half of the flowering stems in early summer to extend the blooming period. Grow in any well-drained soil and avoid fertilizer and manure. Rich soil reduces blooming. Linum dislikes root disturbance, so it is not suitable for transplanting – it’s better to simply sow more seeds.

Tip!

Linum grandiflorum is harmful if eaten, but the seeds of L. usitatissimum can be quite nutritious.

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