LINUM lewisii (Lewis Flax) is a perennial flowering plant native to western North America. Lewis Flax is a perennial plant, meaning it lives for multiple years. It belongs to the Linaceae family.
This plant forms clumps of slender stems with narrow, lance-shaped leaves. The stems can reach a height of about 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm). At the top of each stem, delicate, saucer-shaped flowers are produced. The flowers have five blue petals, sometimes with a white or yellow center. The flowers are the highlight of this plant, giving it its common name "Wild Blue Flax."
Lewis Flax typically blooms in late spring to summer, generally between May and July. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions. The flower is attractive to pollinators and provides a nectar source for bees and butterflies. It supports biodiversity and plays a role in supporting native ecosystems.
Lewis Flax thrives in full sun and well-draining soil. It is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. Lewis Flax is known for its tolerance to dry conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping or dry gardening practices. It is also adapted to rocky slopes and open grasslands. Lewis Flax is relatively low-maintenance and does not require frequent watering. It is drought-tolerant once the root system is established.
Uses: Lewis Flax is popular for native plant gardens, wildflower meadows, and naturalized areas. Its delicate blue flowers add beauty and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Lewis Flax is also suitable for cut flower arrangements, as the flowers can be harvested and enjoyed indoors.
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Scientific Name: Linum Lewisii
Common Name: Lewis Flax
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Western North America from Alaska south to Baja California, Pacific Coast East to Mississippi River
Height: 24-30 inches
Spread: 18-24 inches
Zone: USDA Hardiness Zone 6
Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Spring (Late), Summer (Early, Mid)
Attracts: Attract Pollinators, Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Blue, White, Lavender
Water Requirement: Low
Resistant: Deer and drought resistant
Soil Type: Chalk, Loam, Sand, Rocky soil
Soil pH: Circumneutral (6.8-7.2 pH)
Maintenance: Low maintenance
Uses: Beds and borders, Good for container, Good Cut, Ornamental Use