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Linum rubrum (Linaceae)
A hardy annual, native to northern Africa and southern Europe, it has naturalized throughout the United States. Once established this variety can tolerate immense heat and extremely dry conditions. The glossy, deep scarlet flowers bloom in profusion and are best admired if planted in density. Prefers full sun in well-drained soils. Best if sown in early spring after the danger of frost has passed, seedlings are not winter hardy. Guaranteed to draw some attention.
Average planting success with this species: 70%
Height: 1-2 feet
Germination: 20-25 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 65F-70F
Sowing depth: 1/16"
Blooming period: April-September
Average seeds per pound: 122,000
Seeding rate: 8 lbs. per acre
1 oz Covers: 340 sq. ft.
Suggested use: Mixtures, roadsides, meadows, floral gardens.
Miscellaneous: Plants require very little care once established. Does not transplant well.