Blue Flax

  • Scientific name: Linum perenne
  • widely distributed in the Intermountain West
  • Beautiful electric blue flower, prolific in petal production
  • Prefers full sun and rich to well-drained soils
  • Very cold and drought hardy
  • Not long-lived, usually 3-5 years
  • Commonly used in wildflower mixes
  • Used extensively in reclamation
  • Quick to establish, strong root system, ideal for erosion control

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.


Blue Flax (Line perenne) is common and widely distributed in the Intermountain West with a very wide habitat range from blackbrush, salt desert shrub, sagebrush, and pinyon-juniper communities up to mountain meadows. It has a beautiful electric blue flower and is prolific in petal production. It prefers full sun and rich to well-drained soils. It is very cold and drought hardy. Flax plants are not long-lived, usually 3-5 years. It reseeds freely if there is not too much competition.

Blue Flax (Line perenne) is desirable and commonly used in wildflower mixes and for home beautification. It is short lived but reproduces through abundant seed production. Seeds are readily collected by hand-stripping the capsules in midsummer. Seed pods are round and divided into sections like an orange, with a flattened almond-shaped black seed in each section. The seeds are very sticky when wet, which helps fasten them to surface of the ground and aids in root penetration.

It is used extensively in reclamation. It is quick to establish and has a strong root system, ideal characteristics for erosion control. It also has the added benefit of beautifying and adding considerable color to any planting.

Previously know scientifically as Linum perenne lewisii. Also known as Perennial and Lewis Blue Flax.

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(Line perenne)

Blue Flax NRCS Plant Guide and Fact Sheet

PDF version of NRCS Plant Guide & Fact Sheet

Prepared By & Species Coordinator: Dan Ogle, Plant Materials Specialist USDA NRCS, Boise, Idaho

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Blue Flax
  • Linum lewisii

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