Blue Flax (Linum)
Updated: Oct 2, 2021
With a color like none other, this spindly perennial will reach 2-3 feet tall and is a perfect addition to any garden as they fit in just about anywhere. Flax have many flowers and will spread quite easily. However, they are great companion plant to almost anything, so not to worry if they do make themselves at home. When the Blue Flax plant is happy, it will put on quite a little show.
You can grow it simply as an ornamental ground cover, but flax has been grown historically for its healthy seeds, both to press for oil and to use as food. The plant is quite fibrous and has been used to make cordage as well.
It will readily grow at high altitudes and prefers soil that isn't too rich and is well-draining. It's really not a picky plant and can supply the homestead with oil, food, and something pretty to look at too.
There really isn’t much to say about flax, except it is a quaint and interesting addition to any garden. It makes a wonderful pop of color among the grasses of the farm landscape.