Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)

Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)
Blue Flax

Blue Flax

Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) produces light blue , cup shaped flowers that smother this durable perennial. Flowering peaks during early and mid-summer, with scattered blooms through early fall. Plants grow 18" to 30" tall in a spreading, arching shape with a delicate, airy effect from the lacy gray foliage. Blend with wildflowers, in grassy areas, on dry slopes or other areas of poor soil. Plant in full sun or partial shade in light, sandy, well-drained soil. Sow directly in the garden; does not transplant well. Scatter seeds in broad drifts or clumps rather than in straight rows. Lightly cover by scratching into the soil no more than 1/4" deep. Keep moist. Where winters are severe, sow in mid-spring; fall sowing is preferred in mild winter areas. Water infrequently after seedings reach 2" to 3" tall. Do not fertilize. Encourage fall flowering by pruning off stems in mid-summer and watering thoroughly. Re-seeds without becoming invasive. [TABLE=55]
Blue Flax at a Glance
TypeLightSeed DepthSeed SpacingDays to SproutPlant SpacingPlant Height
PerennialFull Sun1/8"Scatter14-2115-18"18-30"
Seeds per Pound 293 000Seeding Rate 3 ozs per 1000 sq ft

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