Linum lewisii (Lewis flax)

Native drought tolerant semi-evergreen perennial; full sunlight to partial shade. Light blue flowers bloom profusely May through July with fresh flowers borne daily. Occurs from dry foothills to upper montane, mostly on open rocky soils throughout western North America.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Linaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Bunch

Mature Height: 30 in.

Bloom Color: Light blue

Bloom Period: Indeterminate

Annual Precipitation: 10-20 in.

Drought Tolerance: Medium

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status

Fire Resistance: No

Fire Tolerance: Low

Nitrogen fixation:

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: No

CaCO3 Tolerance: Low

pH Range: 5.6-8.4


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 294,800

Seeding Rate: 1.5-2.5 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

Columbia - Source Identified selection out of Franklin County, WA.

Maple Grove - Selected for release because of outstanding vigor, beauty, and overall competitiveness. Maple Grove grows best on sunny open slopes in well-drained soils and is used for erosion control, reclamation and beautification. (Released 2003, source of ecotype: Maple Grove, Utah)