Linum Species, Lewis' Blue Flax, Lewis' Prairie Flax, Wild Blue Flax

Linum lewisii

Family: Linaceae
Genus: Linum (LIN-um) (Info)
Species: lewisii (lew-ISS-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Linum perenne var. lewisii
Synonym:Linum perenne subsp. lewisii



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


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Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Richmond, California

Salinas, California

Pueblo, Colorado

Boise, Idaho

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Varna, Illinois

Des Moines, Iowa

Brookville, Kansas

Foxboro, Massachusetts

Millis, Massachusetts

Swansea, Massachusetts

Mason, Michigan

Kasota, Minnesota

Billings, Montana

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Socorro, New Mexico

Albany, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Lubbock, Texas

Santaquin, Utah

South Jordan, Utah

Tremonton, Utah

Chewelah, Washington

Bloomery, West Virginia

Rock Springs, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 28, 2013, ClevelandLinda from Cleveland, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I found this plant growing under my bird feeder one summer. The foliage and blooms were so delicate and lovely. I checked the ingredients on the bird seed package, and with the computer, found that it was blue flax. The grocery store had blue flax seed packets along with all the other plant seed they sell. My soil is probably too rich and moist, but several plants survive and flower all summer, and they have self-seeded a little.

I live in Cleveland, Ohio.


On Apr 1, 2013, Duns from Varna, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew this plant from seed over 7 years ago. Some have died but most are doing very well. It is a nice blooming plant with interesting foilage. I keep looking for the seed to grow some more but can't find any venders who have seed for sale. Can anybody help me.


On Apr 1, 2013, JennyWren102 from Mason, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Seems finicky for me here in southern lower Michigan and is only a mediocre performer. It's planted for direct sun in the morning, open shade in the afternoon, in a raised bed. Soil might be too rich or moist, but it gets plenty of wind. After five years it hasn't really filled out much and cutting part of it back by half only killed that part of the plant. Slightly disappointing for a plant said to naturalize easily.


On Aug 3, 2010, dianne99 from Brookville, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

short-lived perennial best to replace every 3 years, but reseeds and has long bloom period. cut back by half if blooms stop due to heat. blooms mornings until heat or wind shatter. wintersows well, drought tolerant. good companion plant as nothing- furry or otherwise eats it - esp. for potatoes. usu blooms 1st yr from seed.


On Dec 6, 2009, weatherguesser from Battle Ground, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I don't know if this is normal or not, but I'm on my second round of these this year. The first was as part of a bunch of wildflower seeds I planted this spring -- quite a few of these came up and I enjoyed the flowers and collected some seed. Apparently I missed quite a few seeds, because a second group showed up in October and began blooming in November. Now it's December and they're still blooming. We do have a mild climate here, so that may have something to do with it.

Tall, thin stems, but they seem to be strong enough not to flop over like many plants. The flowers are small but quite pretty, and with enough of them in bloom the overall effect is very nice.


On May 20, 2008, JuniorMintKiss from Tremonton, UT (Zone 6a) wrote:

These have always been a favorite of mine, ever since I saw one at my grandma's house. They are beautiful, fountain-like flowers with delicate blue petals. The great thing about these are that, once established, they are very drought resistant and can thrive in poor soil, which is good for me because my house is surrounded by sandy soil. I planted them earlier this spring, so they won't bloom until next year but I can wait until then. I can't get enough of this flower!


On Jul 19, 2007, mambrose from Millis, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Give it well sandy, rocky, infertile soil here in full sun and it thrives. Self sows under these conditions. Damp organic soil dooms it in this region.


On Mar 8, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Named for Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expeditions.