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Drought Tolerant


Perennial- Blue Flax

Blue Flax by Debbie Ballentine
Common Name: Blue Flax

Botanical Name: Linum lewisii

Family:  Linaceae

Description: Deciduous, evergreen perennial,      1 1/2 feet high and 1 1/2 feet wide

Sun: Full to part sun

Water: Drought tolerant to moderate

Soil: Adaptable

Habit and form: Five petals per flower rise on nodding stalks; flowers return each spring from expanding clumps  

Flower type: Delicate, showy, simple. Stunning needle-like leaves contrast with blooms

Flower color & bloom season: Powder blue flowers bloom spring to summer.

Uses for plant and/or flowers: Excellent for narrow beds and borders; use in perennial garden, rock garden or containers

Pruning time & method: Trim down each winter

Comments:  A good garden flower.  Showy - every morning covers itself with 1 inch flowers by the hundreds
Blue Flax flowers by Debbie Ballentine

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