Flax - Linum usitatissimum
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.
Linum perenne and Linum bienne are rarely recorded in VC55; both have blue flowers. For other differences see Stace (4th edn.)
Photograph of whole plant
Various, often as a casual on roadside verges.
June to August.
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.
Scattered records throughout England, though never numerous or common.
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.
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