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  • 6/13/2006

Blue Flax

Linum lewisii (Linaceae)

A perennial variety native to California, but has adapted well to most regions of North America. Numerous light blue, cupshaped flowers bloom well into the summer. Prefers dry, full sun areas in light sandy soil. Flowers last only a single day but occur in such profusion that this does not take away from the plant's astonishing beauty.

Average planting success with this species: 70%
Height: 12-24 inches
Germination: 20-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 65-70F
Sowing depth: 1/16"
Blooming period: May-September
Average seeds per pound: 293,000
Seeding rate: 8 lbs. per acre
Suggested use: Flower gardens, mixtures, open fields and meadows.
Miscellaneous: Does not transplant well. Blue Flax was discovered by Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the late 1700's.

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