A perennial that will bloom the second year when grown from seed, Blue flax is a short-lived perennial with blue-green needlelike leaves on graceful 2-foot-tall stems. Satiny sky blue flowers, borne on wiry stems, appear in late spring, last through mid-summer, and open fully only on sunny days. Small rounded seedheads form in summer.
Will grow from tough round expanding clumbs that produces little blue flowers that are 1/2-1 inch across, Each morning you will see fresh new flowers that will only last one day, however the next day will produce a new one to replace the one from yesterday. Because these Linum Perenne plants produce a profusion of buds, there are always plenty of flowers during its bloom season. Blue Flax will also drop its wild flower seed to re-seed itself the following spring. Height of 12-24 inches in full sun, For the best flowering grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Excellent for edging, in the rock garden, or in mixed containers. Also suitable for naturalizing in a meadow situation. Short-lived but usually will self seed. USDA Zones 5-9
|Tips on How to Grow Flax from Seeds|
Pull any weeds and grass out of the planting area by hand or use a shovel for heavy sod coverage. Loosen the soil to the depth of 6 inches with a garden hoe or spading fork. Rake the prepared soil smooth and level.
Sow Flax seeds : Lay the seeds on top of the soil so that they are 3 to 6 inches apart. If creating rows, space the rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Do not press the seeds into the soil. Sprinkle the seeds with 1/8 inch of sand but do not cover. Blue flax seeds need light to germinate,
spray nozzle of the hose to mist and moisten the seed bed. Keep the area moist while the seed are germinating. This takes about two to three weeks for most of the seeds to sprout. Seeds that do not sprout this year might come up next year.
Germinate at 65-75°F will take 14-21 days.
Soil for planting flax should be poor and barren. Sand, clay and rocky soil all contribute to best growth of this plant. Soil that is too rich or organic may cause the plant to flop or die altogether as it is overtaken by other plantings that like rich, organic soil.
Thin the blue flax seedlings to one plant every 6 to 10 inches apart. Scoop the seedling out of the soil with a tablespoon and move to a new area or discard the small plant. Once this perennial gets larger, it does not transplant very well.