Linum lewisii Linum lewisii
Linum lewisii Linum lewisii var. alpicola
Common Name Lewis Flax, Blue Flax, Prairie Flax, Western Blue Flax
Latin Name Linum lewisii
Family Lenaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 3-24,32-34,39 / 3-9
Type / Form Shrub / Small
Native Habitat California dry slopes from 1,200 to 10,200 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Twice per month once established
Exposure Full sun to part shade
Height X Width 3 feet X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Green deciduous leaves
Flowers Satiny sky blue flowers, borne on wiry stems, appear in late spring, last through mid-summer, and open fully only on sunny days. Small rounded seedheads form in summer. 
Bark / Roots  
Maintenance Low
Propagation Sow seed in spring or autumn
Pests and diseases Stem rot, rust, wilt, anthracnose, damping off, slugs, snails, and aphids.
Landscape uses Ground cover, rock garden, low maintenance, foliage accent, parkways, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Songbird, Mountain, Butterfly
Nature Value Attracts nectar loving insects. seeds eaten by birds
Native American Uses Seed roasted, ground, and eaten, medicinal
Links  
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linum_lewisii
    Images and data http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/linum-lewisii-blue-flax.aspx
    Images and data http://www.mswn.com/Plant%20Info%20Sheets/Linum%20lewisii.pdf
    Images and data http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/blue%20purple%20enlarged%20photo%20pages/adenolinum%20lewisii.htm
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/violets/violet11.html
    Images and data http://www.taunton.com/finegardening/plantguide/linum-lewisii-blue-flax.aspx
    Images and data http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=4909
    Images and data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/forb/linlew/all.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=LILE3
    Images and data http://www.theodorepayne.org/gallery/pages/L/linum_lewisii.htm
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Linaceae/Linum_lewisii.html
    Nursery, images and data http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Linum+lewisii
    Nursery, images and data http://www.easywildflowers.com/quality/lin.lew.htm
    Nursery, images, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/393.htm
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LILE3
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