Flowering Flax Fast Facts

Flowering Flax Fast Facts image by Bigcityal: Flickr.com
Flowering Flax Fast Facts image by Bigcityal: Flickr.com


Flowering flax produces 2-inch flowers in shades of red, pink, purple and white on thin grass-like stalks. This annual blooms better in cooler summer temperatures. A perennial blue variety of flax can be found from many specialty seed companies.


Flax fibers are among the oldest fiber crops in the world, and pictures on tombs and temple walls at Thebes depict flowering flax plants.


Like its sister plant, the common flax that gives us linen and linseed oil, flowering flax needs a rich, well-draining soil. Flowering flax also needs full sun to bloom well.


Sow seeds directly into the soil as flax does not transplant well. Blooms will appear in about 100 days from sowing.

Time Frame

Flowering flax only produces a short flowering season, so to spread out the blooms, sow seeds in rows three to four weeks apart.


Flowering flax, which grows 8 to 10 inches tall, works well in the middle of flowering beds, in pots and in window boxes. It grows best in cooler planting zones.


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Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University to study education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills reusing, recycling and reinventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.

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