Linum looks gaunt and spindly as a single plant, but a large group provides an impressive sight in summer. The 2 in. flowers are borne in clusters, fluttering in the breeze above the narrow leaves. Provided there is adequate sunshine each plant will bear a remarkable number of flowers throughout the summer, but they are for garden display only with little value as cut flowers.
VARIETIES : Wild flax is rarely grown – L. grandiflorum provides the garden varieties. The outstanding choice is L. grandiflorum ‘Rubrum’ , the Scarlet Flax. The petals are vivid red and possess a satin-like sheen. There are other colours ‘Album’ (white), ‘Roseum’ ( pink ) and ‘Blue Flax’ ( bright blue ) .
SITE & SOIL : Any well – drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun .
PLANT DETAILS : Height 9 in. – 1½ ft. Spacing 6 – 9 in. Flowering period June – August.
PROPAGATION : Dislikes root disturbance. Sow seeds in September or April where they are to flower. Thin to required spacing.