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Linum marginale

Native or Wild Flax

Slender upright bluish perennial herb, stems usually unbranched, dying back after flowering to a thick tuberous rootstock.

Additional information

  • FamilyLinaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-0.7 m x 0.3 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesScattered narrow erect leaves 5-20 mm x 1-2 mm, tapering to a soft point.
  • Flower colourBlue with darker veins
  • Flowering timepeaking September to March
  • FlowersLoose, terminal branched cluster of open flowers.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in open forest. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun, dappled and semi-shade.
  • Garden useWillowy herb for rockeries, cottage gardens and planting under established trees. Will self-seed readily in ideal conditions.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Fibre - cord, fish nets; Food - seeds
Photographer/s: 1 Swee Oon ©; 2 Colleen Miller ©; 3 Neil Blair Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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