Linum marginale – Native Flax

A short lived perennial with sky blue flowers in spring and summer, followed by seed pods with numerous edible seeds. Like commercial flax, the stem of native flax produces useful fibres as well. Can be grown in most soil types in sun or part shade, tolerates frost and dry spells. The plant tends to die back in late summer, and reshoot. Can be mistaken for Wahlenbergia, as it looks similar.

Scientific Name:Linum marginale
Common Name:Native Flax
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial
Height:0.4 ~ 0.6 metres
Width:0.2 ~ 0.3 metres
Flower Colour:Blue
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Border plant
Special Uses:Edible
Attracts Wildlife:Other insects



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants