Updated: May 13
A wildflower that is native to California and the Great Plains but extremely sturdy and versatile, the Blue Flax flower, or scientifically known as Linumlewisii, can be grown in many parts of the country successfully; in fact, the Blue Flax flower can be found in 48 of the 50 states. They are often found in large open areas. They are not considered an aggressive or invasive plant. This wild blue prairie flower is most widely known for its discovery by Meriweather Lewis and for this reason it was named in his honor. Alternative names for the Blue Flax are Lewis’s Flax, Lewis Flax, Prairie Flax, and the Wild Blue Flax. Buy Blue Fax Seeds
Since Blue Flax flowers are sturdy and versatile plants, they are tolerant to most conditions, but prefer dry and hot climates. They are also a low maintenance plant, making them easy to grow and a perfect addition for a low maintenance garden.
At full maturity, the Blue Flax flower can grow up to 30” tall. It is classified as a perennial and its bloom season runs from March to September. It is a deer resistant plant.
Perfect for dry and drought prone areas as well as sunny meadows, they don’t need to rely on having very much water. These plants prefer full sun, medium to low moisture and watering, are not soil picky in clay or sand. Actually, they grow best when planted in unworked soil.
When planting your Blue Flax flower it is best to:
Plant in groups
Plant by direct seeding after the last frost
Sprinkle seeds in soil, rake, and cover 1/16-inch deep
Likes part to full sun
Caring for your Blue Flax flower
· Add a fertilizer once a month after initial planting to keep your plant happy and healthy.
· Add mulch to help retain moisture.
· Prune to promote good circulation.
· For best growth, keep soil moist and water regularly.
· Blue flax is not crazy about transplanting. Direct sow may be best
Health Benefits of the Blue Flax flower
Did you know the flax flowers are most well-known for their health and medicinal use? Crushed flax flower leaves are commonly used to make herbal teas and are believed to alleviate eye infections, swellings, boils, and stomach disorders. Flax is also used in linseed oil, making fabrics, ropes, and thread!
Blue Flax flowers are one of gardeners’ favorites for its natural blue color. Try complementing the beautiful blue and purple hues of the Blue Flax by planting it in a terra cotta pot, or a textured wooden basket to bring a farmhouse feel to your prairie flax.