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. To 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 ft. tall and 6 to 12 in.wide, with narrow gray-green leaves. Summer flowers are rose pink, 1 to 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.
Thought to have originated in South America; related to squash, gourd, melon. Pumpkins are available i...
Mediterranean native grows 1 to 1 1/2 ft. high, 9 in.wide. Delicate fernlike foliage; flat clusters of...
Native to south Asia. Each vine needs at least 25 sq. ft., but you can run vines up a fence or trellis...