Linum lewisii (Prairie Flax)


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Plant Description: Linum lewisii is a widespread low-growing perennial. It forms a mound of densely clustered stems 8-24 inches long. The foliage mound stays closer to the ground, while lovely sky-blue, radial flowers climb higher, up to 3 feet above the foliage. Each flower has 5 delicate petals which are not fused. Shortly after blooming in late spring, petals fall off, revealing 5 persistent green sepals. Leaves are opposite, linear to lance-shaped and grow 1-2 inches long, dressing the length of the stems. Plants last only a few years but will self-sow once established.

  • Height: 1-3ft
  • Width: 1.5-3ft
  • Watering needs: Moist to rather dry
  • Sun needs: Full sun
  • Soil needs: Sandy, rocky soil
  • Bloom Time: Late spring

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant's habitats include dry grasslands, open ponderosa pine forests, roadsides and rocky ridges at mid to fairly-high elevations. It is found in Alaska and all over Canada. In the U.S., it is more commonly found from the east side of the Cascades all the way through the Great Plains.

It is an excellent addition for rocky gardens, sunny garden paths, or even a container. 

*3rd photo by SevenOaks Nursery*

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