Linum lewisii

Blue flax

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 1' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Blue flax is one of many California natives that occur in many parts of North America. It is found from Alaska to Baja California, and east to the Mississippi. The species is named for Meriwether Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame who encountered it in his explorations west of the Missouri River. Blue flax grows as a dense bunch of narrow branches with small needle-like leaves, topped with one to several blue flowers. It is an adaptable, short-lived perennial for full sun to light shade. It produces abundant seed which volunteer sporadically. It has not been weedy in my San Jose garden. Winter deciduous.


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous