Scientific: Linum grandiflorum
Common: flowering flax
Family: Linaceae
Origin: North Africa, naturalized in portions of coastal California

Pronounciation: LIN-um gran-di-FLOR-um

Hardiness zones
Sunset
All as winter or summer annual
USDA All as winter of summer annual

Landscape Use: Xeriscape wildflower garden, cool season annual in the lower Arizona desert, masses of floral color accent.

Form & Character: Upright and wispy, festive in bloom.

Growth Habit: Herbaceous annual, moderate to 6 to 18 inches depending on water availability, sometimes branched.

Foliage/Texture: Simple, alternate, linear-lanceolate to 1 1/4 inches long, gray green leaves tapering to a tip on gray green stems; fine texture.

Flowers & Fruits: Flowers, shades of red, in loose panicle to 1 1/2 inches across, sepals lanceolate with acuminate tip, petal margins cilate; fruit a 5-10 celled cap.

Seasonal Color: Late winter and spring garden color in Phoenix.

Temperature: 30 to 90oF range is best.

Light: Full sun

Soil: Tolerant

Watering: Supplement if winter rains fail.

Pruning: None, though allow to seed before rouging if your desire is to naturalize in your garden.

Propagation: Seed

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: Flowering flax has naturalized in United States. Cultivar 'Rubrum' has bright scarlet red flowers, 'Roseum' has rose pink flowers, and 'Coccineum' has deep scarlet red flowers.