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Linum lewisii (Linaceae)
A perennial variety native to California, but has adapted well to most regions of North America. Numerous light blue, cup-shaped flowers bloom well into the summer. Prefers dry, full sun areas in light sandy soil. Flowers last only a single day but occur in such profusion that this does not take away from the plant's astonishing beauty.
Average planting success with this species: 70%
Height: 1-2 feet
Germination: 20-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 65F-70F
Sowing depth: 1/16"
Blooming period: May-September
Average seeds per pound: 293,000
Seeding rate: 8 lbs. per acre
1 oz Covers: 340 sq. ft.
Suggested use: Flower gardens, mixtures, open fields and meadows.
Miscellaneous: Does not transplant well. Blue Flax was discovered by Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the late 1700's.