LINUM grandiflorum rubrum (Scarlet Flax) is an annual flowering plant. Scarlet Flax is an annual plant, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It belongs to the Linaceae family.
This plant produces slender, branching stems with narrow, lance-shaped leaves. The stems can reach a height of about 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm). At the top of each stem, vibrant, cup-shaped flowers are produced. Scarlet Flax is known for its striking scarlet-red flowers, which give the plant its common name.
Scarlet 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.
Scarlet Flax thrives in full sun and well-draining soil. It is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It prefers a moderately fertile soil but can tolerate poorer soils. Scarlet Flax is well-suited to dry, sunny areas and is drought-tolerant once established. This plant requires minimal watering and is relatively low-maintenance. Deadheading the faded flowers can encourage prolonged blooming.
Scarlet Flax is popular for wildflower gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas. Its vibrant scarlet-red flowers add a pop of color and attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Scarlet Flax is also suitable for cut flower arrangements, as the flowers can be harvested and enjoyed indoors. Scarlet Flax is a beautiful addition to gardens, providing vibrant color and attracting pollinators.
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Scientific Name: Linum Grandiflorum Rubrum
Common Name: Scarlet Flax, Red Flax
Plant Type: Annual
Family: Linaceae Family
Native Range: Native to Algeria, but is known elsewhere in North Africa, Southern Europe
Height: 12-36 inches
Spread: 20-24 inches
Exposure: Full Sun, Half Sun/Half Shade
Blooming Season: Summer
Attracts: Butterflies and Bees
Flower Shape: Satiny saucer shaped flower, tall thin stems with narrow leaves
Flower Color: Red
Moisture: Moderate, Moist
Water Requirement: Water regularly, Do not Over-water
Soil Type: Well-drained/Light/Sandy/Chalky
Soil pH: Alkaline, pH (6.5-7.5)
Advantage: Easy to grow
Uses: Good for cut, Good for containers, Beds and Borders