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Blue Flax (Linum perenne) 6925

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Blue Flax, which is also known as linum is a short lived perennial that is best sown outdoors as it does not transplant well. Pretty sky-blue flowers 2.5 cm (1") across, are produced in large numbers on 25-30 cm (10-12") tall plants with fine textured gray-green foliage. Some plants can reach 60 cm (2') height. Linum self-seeds readily. Perennial reliably hardy to Zone 5, but can sometimes persist in Zone 4 with winter protection. Native to Europe and Asia, Blue Flax goes best on medium to light soils in full sun.  Tends to root poorly in clay dominated soils which can lead to winter survival problems. 

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645 seeds/gram. This tender perennial is best started directly outdoors as it does not transplant well. Sow seed April 15th to the end of June for blooms in late summer. Broadcast seed and cover with a light sifting of soil. Water regularly to encourage germination. Self-seeds very readily.
High Summer
Perennial
Sow Direct
Full Sun
Bushy
Low to Medium (15 to 30 cm)(6" to 12")
Winter Hardy
Easy
Introduced Species
Linaceae
Linium perenne var. lewisii
Wildflower plantings
Perennial garden specimen
Mass planting
Rock gardens
Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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