Seed of the Week: Blue Flax

Our mystery seeds from last week came from blue flax, Linum lewisii.

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Blue flax is a small perennial wildflower that is native to the western part of North America. A fascinating article from Montana State Parks discusses how the plant was first collected during the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the species is named for Meriwether Lewis.

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The short stems contain strong, flexible fibers like those of the common flax,  Linum usitatissimum, originally from Europe. Common flax is a source of flax seeds and oil as well.

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When grown as a wildflower, blue flax produces seeds in roundish seed capsules. In many areas it will readily self-seed and spread.

Have you grown blue fax or common flax?

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