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Linum lewisii var. lewisii

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Linum lewisii var. lewisii
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Linum lewisii var. lewisii
Linum lewisii var. lewisii
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Linum lewisii var. lewisii
Linum lewisii var. lewisii
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Linum lewisii var. lewisii

Species Name: Linum lewisii var. lewisii
Common Name: Blue Flax

Delicate powder-blue flowers rise on nodding stalks. Stunning needle-like leaves contrast with blooms. Excellent for narrow beds and perennial borders.

Plant Family: Linaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1.5' H x 1.5' W
Growth Habit: Flowers at end of nodding stalks
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Blue
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Throughout CA except Great Basin.
Natural Habitat: Dry open ridges and slopes from 1,200' to 10,200'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Grows 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet high from a slightly woody base. Flowers in terminal clusters, large, sky blue, produced in great profusion. A very showy plant quite easy to grow. Gallon cans, 35c."
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