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.

Family:Linaceae
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

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.