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 lewisii
Native to western North America. Upright, to 3 ft. high, with abundant sky blue flowers. Does best at higher elevations in the southern part of the range.
Native to western North America. Upright, to 3 ft. high, with abundant sky blue flowers. Does best at ...
From the mountains of central and southern Europe. This slow-growing, extremely variable species can r...
Dwarf hybrid reaching about 6 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. Fragrant lavender-pink blooms are produced in s...