Plants with erect, branching stems and narrow leaves produce an abundance of shallow-cupped, five-petaled flowers over a long bloom period. Each bloom lasts only a day, but others keep coming. The flax of commerce—Linum usitatissimum—is grown for its fiber and seeds, which yield linseed oil.
Use in borders; some naturalize freely in uncultivated areas. Light, well-drained soil. Most perennial kinds live only 3 or 4 years and should be replaced regularly. Easy to grow from seed; perennials also can be propagated from cuttings. Difficult to divide.Linum grandiflorum
From North Africa. Grows to 1 1/2–2 1/2 ft. tall and 6–12 in.wide, with narrow gray-green leaves. Summer flowers are rose pink, 1–1 1/2 in. wide. Sow seed thickly in place in early spring or (in mild-winter climates) in fall. Self-sows without becoming a pest and is often included in wildflower mixes.
These remain mild even after they ripen and change color. The group includes the big stuffing and sala...
Mediterranean native to 2 1/2 ft. tall and 1/2 ft. wide. Bears so-called everlasting flowers, with dai...
Compact, bushy annual from tropical Asia. Grows to 1 ft. tall and wide. Blooms from summer into fall; ...