Flax - Linum usitatissimum

    Description

    Low to medium hairless plant. Leaves linear lanceolate 1 to 3 veined, 1.5 to 3 mm wide. Flowers pale blue, borne on solitary stems.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Various, often as a casual on roadside verges.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Annual - It is a casual. It was grown as a crop for linen and linseed. Most plants probably come from crop spillage or from bird seed.

    UK Status

    Scattered records throughout England, though never numerous or common.

    VC55 Status

    It is an uncommon casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map