Linum grandiflorum

Linum grandiflorum

Flowering flax

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Linum grandiflorum
  • Common name: Flowering flax
  • Family: Linaceae
  • Plant Type: Annual
Flower colour:

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

Linum grandiflorum is a low-growing annual native to North Africa, though it has been introduced elsewhere, including the UK, but is not invasive. Throughout summer and into autumn it produces bright scarlet flowers with dark red-black ‘eyes’. Flowering flax looks equally good in containers or dotted around beds and borders. 

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When sowing, do so generously to encourage good, bushy clumps, or sow amongst other wildflowers to create a meadow or mini-meadow. Deadhead regularly to encourage further flowers.

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For best results, grow Linum grandiflorum in full sun, in a well-drained soil.

How to grow Linum grandiflorum

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    20cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Linum grandiflorum and wildlife

Linum grandiflorum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Linum grandiflorum poisonous?

Linum grandiflorum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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