Flax Named Charmer Salmon
Linum grandiflorum. A floriferous blend of red, white with red eyes and salmon, dark salmon, and lilac blooms, 1" wide, atop delicate foliage that is truly "charming". So easy to grow you can't say no. Can be direct sown. Is used in wildflower mixes and as a cut flower. It is an annual that grows quickly, blooms heavily, dies with first frost. Can regrow following spring if seed falls on bare ground. Grows 20" high and 6" wide in full sun.
Linum grandiflorum (syn. L. coccineum) is a species of flax known by several common names, including red flax, scarlet flax, and crimson flax. It is native to Algeria, but it is known elsewhere in Northern Africa, Southern Europe and in several locations in North America as an introduced species. It is an annual herb producing an erect, branching stem lined with waxy, lance-shaped leaves 1 to 2 centimeters long. The inflorescence bears flowers on pedicels several centimeters long. The flower has 5 petals each up to 3 centimeters long and stamens tipped with anthers bearing light blue or purple pollen. It can on occasion be found as a casual well outside its normal established range; records from the British Isles, for example, are reasonably frequent (as per the latest BSBI atlas) but, grown as an annual, it rarely persists for more than one season.
April 8th, 2012
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