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Linum lewisii (Blue flax)

Linum lewisii Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Linum lewisii LY-num loo-ISS-ee-eye Common Name: Blue flax Synonyms: Linum perenne ssp. lewisii Genus: Linum
Blue flax is a short-lived perennial with blue-green needlelike leaves on graceful 2-foot-tall stems. Satiny sky blue flowers, borne on wiry stems, appear in late spring, last through mid-summer, and open fully only on sunny days. Small rounded seedheads form in summer. 
Noteworthy characteristics: Discovered and documented by Meriwether Lewis, in whose honor it was named.
Care: Grow in lean, well-drained soil and full sun. Cut back to sedum-like basal growth in formal plantings or leave spent flower stems behind to blend in with a naturalistic setting.
Propagation: Sow seed in spring or autumn.
Problems: Stem rot, rust, wilt, anthracnose, damping off, slugs, snails, and aphids.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Tolerance Deer Tolerant
Characteristics Self Seeds; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Summer
Flower Color Blue Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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