LINUM perenne (Blue Flax)
Linum Perenne commonly known as ‘blue flax’, ‘lint’, ‘perennial flax’. A flowering plant in the family Linaceae, native to Europe, primarily in the Alps and locally in England. It is a slender herbaceous perennial plant growing tall, with spirally arranged narrow lanceolate leaves. Strikingly beautiful in bloom, Linum Perenne is a semi-evergreen perennial forming tufts of narrow blue-green leaves and profuse sky-blue saucer-shaped flowers. Blooming in late spring to midsummer, the blossoms usually keep blooming for up to 8 weeks.
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Scientific Name: Linum Perenne
Common Name: Blue Flax
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Native to Europe, primarily in the Alps, and locally in England.
Height: 12-24 "
Spread: 12-24 "
Zone: USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: May to June
Habitats: Calcareous grassland, Prairies to alpine ridges
Attracts: Small Bees, Butterflies, Flower flies
Flower Color: Blue
Water Requirement: 6 to 8 inches of water over the growing season
Tolerate: Drought, Dry soil, Shallow, Rocky
Soil Type: Usually well-drained soil
Soil pH: Mildly acidic 6.1 to 6.5
Uses: Oil of seeds is used in medicines to soothe tonsillitis, sore throats, coughs, colds, constipation, gravel and stones