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Linum virginianum (Woodland flax)
Smith, R.W.

Linum virginianum

Linum virginianum L.

Woodland Flax

Linaceae (Flax Family)

Synonym(s): Cathartolinum virginianum, Nezera virginiana


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A graceful, branched perennial with small, oval, stemless leaves and tiny, golden, star-like flowers interspersed with the leaves near the upper ends of the 12-30 in. stalks.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Fruit: Brown

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WV
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: MA to s. Ont., s. to GA & n. LA
Native Habitat: Upland or alluvial, open woods; thickets; clearings; stream banks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Moist, rich, slightly acid soil.
Conditions Comments: A colorful, care-free plant for cool, shaded spots.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Linum virginianum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Linum virginianum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Linum virginianum


Record Modified: 2023-02-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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