Blue Flax

Once upon a time, when I lived in Wisconsin, we had neighbors with kittens. Our neighbors had named their kittens Lewis and Clark. Which may be the only reason I knew that Lewis and Clark were "great explorers" before I entered high school. This only comes up because in researching this here wildflower, one of the first facts I stumbled over was that it was officially discovered by Lewis (of Lewis and Clark fame)--hence its Latin name:

Linum lewisii

. Now, isn't that fun to know?

Linum lewisii

, or Blue Flax, is native to the western prairie of the United States. It is a short-lived perennial, providing color for a couple of years. This is after a first year of almost pathetic growth--looks so fragile!--but it does self-sow, so we'll see how it performs here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. It generally prefers sandier soil, which I can assure you it is NOT enjoying here. It does like part sun--got that--and well-drained soil--got that (thank you, worms and bugs!). The flowers are simple in form, but I think you'll agree--they are delightful. It is drought tolerant.

Now that's not a lot of information, but thought you'd enjoy the photo nonetheless. Seeds were purchased from

Seeds Of Change

. Happy Gardening!

Sources:

Wildflower Information

,

Wildflower.org

,

Texas A&M

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