Blue Flax

Linum perenne

This species is naturalized throughout much of North America. Blue flax has thin, wiry stems with short, needle-like, leaves that support profuse numbers of nodding sky-blue flower buds which only open for one day! Fibrous stems appear delicate, but are extremely difficult to break and were once used in Europe to make linen and rope. Tolerates heat, humidity, and drought.

Water: Moderate

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: A slender herbaceous, short-lived perennial, growing to 5' tall

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Easily grown in average, well-draining soils

Origin: Europe, primarily in the Alps and locally in England

Blue Flax