Flax Seeds - Blue
Approximate seeds per pound: 328,800
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 12 - 24 inches
Bloom Season: Spring and summer
Bloom Color: Blue
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.5 - 7.5
Deer Resistant: Yes
Temperature: 65 - 70F
Average Germ Time: 20 - 30 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/8 inch
Sowing Rate: 3 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 9 pounds per acre
Moisture: Keep seed moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 15 - 18 inches
Care & Maintenance: Flax
Blue Flax (Linum Perenne) - Blue Flax is a perennial flower which will bloom the second year when grown from wildflower seed. It grows from tough, expanding clumps, and produces little pastel blue flowers, 1/2 - 1 inch across that bloom on light, graceful arching branches. Each bloom only lasts a day, but a new flower will open each day to take its place. It is very pretty! It will grow in all regions of North America, and it prefers full sun, and loose, dry soil, but it is very adaptable.
The clear Blue Flax flowers that appear in late spring are the hallmarks of perennial Flax. Clusters of buds typically droop at the branching ends of the slim stems. They open to an inch wide, and are 5 petaled flowers. Buds bloom successively over the weeks, opening in the early mornings just before dawn. Unless the day is overcast, the fully open flowers drop their petals by midday. A new round of bloom follows each day through to mid-summer. 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.
Blue Flax wild flowers do best on well-drained soils. They have excellent cold winter and drought tolerance. This wild flower prefers a soil pH of around 6.5 to 7.5. Wild flower seed plants are usually found in sunny, open areas, but they will tolerate semi-shaded conditions. They are fire resistant due to leaves and stems staying green with relatively high moisture content during most of the fire season.
For sowing Blue Flax seeds, the best results are obtained from seeding in late fall to very early spring. Dormant fall seedings (preferred seeding period for flax) will pre-chill the Linum Perenne seeds and reduce seed dormancy which may be present. Mulching, irrigation, and weed control all benefit stand establishment. Blue Flax seedling vigor is good, but not as good as most grasses. You may get nice blooms the first growing season, but full bloom onset should not be expected until the second year when planting Blue Flax wild flower seed.