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Linum usitatissimum ~ Common flax, Linseed

Linum usitatissimum, Flax, Linseed, will put a blue flower sparkle in early part of Spring. Common Flax is used for fiber for cloth and for the seed for food and oil. Plant seed with the last frost. Scatter seed, a tablespoon will cover about 10 square feet, rake in or lightly cover with a dusting of earth. Regular water will be necissary for establishing Common Flax. Once established they are pretty drought tolerant. Plants emerge about 10 days after germinating, harvest for fiber about a month later and wait for seed about two months after the flowers are spent.

Linum usitatissimum, Common Flax, Linseed

Flowers and foliage of Linum usitatissimum Common Flax, Linseed. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.