Perennial Blue Flax
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 perenne
Native from Europe to Central Asia. This is the most vigorous blue-flowered flax, to 2 ft. tall, 1 1/2 ft. wide. Stems are usually leafless on lower part. Profuse bloomer, producing branching clusters of light blue flowers that close in shade or late in the day. Blooms in late spring and summer. Self-sows freely.
Pinkish lilac flowers with dark veins radiating from a wine-colored center; continues blooming into fa...
To 20–35 ft. tall, 25–40 ft. wide. Open branching, giving slight shade. Leaves to 15 in. l...
Native Europe to central Asia. This weedy, rhizomatous plant is grown for its sweet-scented foliage (u...