Fairy Flax - Linum catharticum

    Alt Name
    Purging Flax
    Description

    Also known as White Flax and as Purging Flax. Slender, low to short hairless plant, generally with a solitary stem. Leaves opposite, oblong to lanceolate and one veined. Flowers white with a yellowish centre, 4 to 6 mm, in lax branched clusters, nodding in bud. Sepals with glandular hairy margins.

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    Habitat

    Calcareous grassland, coastal dunes and grassy heaths.

    When to see it

    Late May to September.

    Life History

    Annual

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 177 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map