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Linum lewisii var. lewisii Pursh
Blue flax, Prairie flax
Synonyms: Linum perenne var. lewisii
USDA Symbol: LILEL2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A 1 ft. perennial, blue flax can reach 2 1/2 ft. in height. The tufted plant, with slender, leafy stems, bears loose, much-branched clusters of large, delicate, sky-blue flowers which bloom all summer. The flowers, funnel-shaped when they open in the morning, flatten as the day progresses and are dropped the following day leaving a spherical, green seed capsule.
This drought tolerant wildflower is often a component of wildflower mixes. It is a short-lived perennial that provides color for at least two years. It often self-sows.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Flower 1 inch
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , LA , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WV , WY Canada: SK Native Distribution:
AK to CA, e. to ND, w. KS, w. TX & Mex. Native Habitat:
Prairies; open, rocky woods; mesas; dry hillsides; coniferous forests; meadows USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil pH:
Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2) Soil Description:
Sandy or rocky soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based, Caliche type Conditions Comments:
This drought tolerant wildflower is often a component of wildflower mixes. It is a short-lived perennial
that provides color for at least two years. It often self-sows.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy, Color, Blooms ornamental, Wildflower meadow, Pocket prairie
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: This species usually propagated by seed as root divisions are generally not successful. Plant seeds in desired location in fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: None required.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff