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Duncan, Robert C.
Linum lewisii Pursh
Wild blue flax, Prairie flax, Lewis flax
USDA Symbol: LILE3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Prairie flax grows 18–20 inches tall. It rarely stands straight up, but rather leans at an angle. Flowers are pale blue, with 5 petals about 1–1 1/2 inches across, veined in darker blue. Each stem produces several flowers, blooming from the bottom upward. The seeds are produced on the lower flowers while those above continue to bloom. The stem is leafy when the plant is young, gradually losing most of its leaves as it matures. Leaves are narrow and about 3/4 inch long.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Subshrub Size Notes:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AK , AR , AZ , CA , CO , ID , KS , LA , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WV , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Habitat:
Woodland,Prairie/Meadow/Field USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Drought Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Sand
BenefitUse Medicinal: Eyewash (Kindscher)
Boils, poultice of fresh crushed leaves applied to irritated eyes, wash of tobacco and blue flax to improve hair. (Weiner)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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- Hinton, WV
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff