Linum perenne* (Blue flax)

Introduced (naturalized) drought tolerant semi-evergreen perennial; full sunlight to partial shade. Deep blue flowers bloom profusely May through mid-July, with fresh flowers borne daily. Common in the western U.S.

AREA OF ADAPTATION

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Linaceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Introduced

Growth Form: Bunch

Mature Height: 24 in.

Bloom Color: Deep 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: Low

CaCO3 Tolerance: High

pH Range: 5.6-8.4


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 294,800

Seeding Rate: 5 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES

Appar - Selected for release because of outstanding vigor, beauty and overall competitiveness. Withstands drought and has been widely used for reclamation and beautification. Seed production is twice that of Maple Grove (L. lewisii). Appar was originally released as native flax Linum lewisii, but later was found to be a naturalized introduced collection. (Released 1980, source of ecotype: Black Hills, SD)