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Linum lewisii

Linum lewisii
blue flax
Linum lewisii

Common name blue flax
Family linaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers light blue
Size 3 ft
Light full sun
Cultural notes not fussy
From seed Germinate at room temperature. Self-seeds in our garden.
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-July

Pretty arching stems covered in blue flowers early summer, repeat blooms more lightly through summer. Not long-lived, so we allow volunteer seedlings to replace the older plants.
I've always been confused about the difference between L. lewisii and the very similar L. perenne. The former is native to North America, the latter to Eurasia. Recently I looked it up, and found (at various internet references): "the only significant difference appears to be that lewisii is homostylic [having styles all of the same length], and perenne heterostylic [see the Wikipedia article on heterostyly for more details]." In all, the difference from a gardener's perspective appears to be minor.

blue flax
Seed ripens in late July

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '13 trade. Baggy 70F (97%G, 5d)
  2. Seed from '13 trade. Baggy 70F (93%G, 7d)
  3. Seed from '15 garden. Baggy 70F (6%G, 7-17d); no seedling survival

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