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One of the easiest native wildflowers to grow from seed, Blue Flax adds charming, light blue blooms to the early season garden. Growing to be only 18-30” tall, this variety is perfect for the front of the meadow or a small space garden. We love Blue Flax paired with perennial lupine for a cool look, or planted on its own. This variety tolerates sandy, dry soil and will grow in almost any sunny spot. All of the seed we handle at American Meadows is non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Perennial.

Zones 3 - 8
Ideal Regions
Northeast
Southeast
Midwest
Southwest
West
Pacific Northwest
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 18-30 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
SKU LPLG

Plant Information

This species is named "lewisii" in honor of Meriwether Lewis of Lewis & Clark, since it was discovered on their expedition across the plains. Click here to view the beautiful photos of this wildflower in the Lewis & Clark Herbarium.

The flax family is used in the manufacture of linseed oil and fabric. This species is important in Native American lore, always noted for its beauty. See also Scarlet Flax, Linum rubrum var. grandiflorum.

Associated SKUs
LPLG
LPLQP (1/4 Pound)
LPLLB (1 Pound)
LPLLB5 (5 Pounds)
LPLLB10 (10 Pounds)
Common Name Blue Flax
Botanical Name Linum perenne
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 18-30 inches tall
Bloom Time Spring to summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 1,210 sq ft.
1 lb covers 4,840 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 24,200 sq ft.
10 lbs covers 1 acres
Seeds Per Pound 328,854
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To Europe
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Advantages Easy to Grow
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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American MeadowsBlue Flax Seeds
 
4.0

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (14)
  • Reliable growth (13)
  • Vivid colors (13)
  • Pest resistant (8)
  • Long bloom time (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (11)
  • Garden (6)
  • Erosion control (5)
  • Border control (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (11), Casual hobbyist (7), Getting started (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The more I use it, the more I like it

I live in a neighborhood where streets are lined with grassed drainage ditches instead of sidewalks. I grew weary of mowing the sloping ditch. So, with the permission of our Department of Transportation...Read complete review

I live in a neighborhood where streets are lined with grassed drainage ditches instead of sidewalks. I grew weary of mowing the sloping ditch. So, with the permission of our Department of Transportation to use the drainage easement for flowers (and with the understanding that I would not obstruct the view for residents exiting their driveways into traffic), I transformed the ditch into a flower garden. My goal was to plant a self-sustaining garden so that I would not need to do ongoing work along the roadside where I faced the hazards of residential traffic. I chose American Meadows blue flax seed for planting next to the street, because the flowers are beautiful, because the foliage is attractive, and because the plant is perennial. In my limited experience with wildflowers, I have discovered that the foliage of some becomes unattractive and brown at the base over the course of the growing season (though I have not observed this yet with blue flax). To help improve the appearance (for me and for my neighbors, some of whom are now beginning their own front yard projects), I did cautiously contend with the hazards of residential traffic to spend some time working by the roadside to plant plugs of liriope (grass) right along the edge of the street. I sprinkled blue flax seeds among the plugs. It is coming along nicely and I expect to have dainty blue flowers amidst the liriope next year (2014). Meanwhile, I am enjoying the blue flax blooms from prior year's seeding. It currently blooms behind the liriope during the spring of 2013. Photos show blue flax now blooming along with Siberian Iris that I have had and divided for decades, growing along with other wildflowers from American Meadows partial shade mix and American Meadows Eastern Red Columbine (that I started from seed in peat pellets before transplanting to the ditch in recent years).

American Meadows blue flax seed germinates well. The plants, with attractive foliage and power-blue blooms, are beautiful.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Blue Flax Seeds...To buy or not to buy....again??

I was instantly attracted to the lovely picture of the Blue Flax in the picture above, I purchased the seeds three times now. I scattered seeds in late Spring, they definitely had plenty...Read complete review

I was instantly attracted to the lovely picture of the Blue Flax in the picture above, I purchased the seeds three times now. I scattered seeds in late Spring, they definitely had plenty of water...we had a lot of rain, but nothing seems to have sprouted.
One thing that I am finding to be a worry, I just read recently that every part of this plant is POISONOUS if ingested!! Anyone with pets should try and make sure to not let their dogs...or cats...chomp on the stems or flowers. Also, handling the plant can cause an allergic reaction. I suggest that anyone who is not familiar with a particular type of plant, do some RESEARCH before purchasing, read about plants and seeds on a horticulture site. I didn't see anything on this website about the blue flax being poisonous. The flowers are indeed lovely but being a dog lover and lifelong dog owner, I would not recommend this to my friends who are "dog people".

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2.0

Blue Flax Seeds...To buy or not to buy....again??

By 

from Springfield, MA

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Haven't seen the slightest beginning yet

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

    I was instantly attracted to the lovely picture of the Blue Flax in the picture above, I purchased the seeds three times now. I scattered seeds in late Spring, they definitely had plenty of water...we had a lot of rain, but nothing seems to have sprouted.
    One thing that I am finding to be a worry, I just read recently that every part of this plant is POISONOUS if ingested!! Anyone with pets should try and make sure to not let their dogs...or cats...chomp on the stems or flowers. Also, handling the plant can cause an allergic reaction. I suggest that anyone who is not familiar with a particular type of plant, do some RESEARCH before purchasing, read about plants and seeds on a horticulture site. I didn't see anything on this website about the blue flax being poisonous. The flowers are indeed lovely but being a dog lover and lifelong dog owner, I would not recommend this to my friends who are "dog people".

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    3.0

    No success

    By 

    from Milliken, Colorado

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    Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

    I planted May 6th which is supposed to be good for our home, danger of frost is over. This is a meadow and I have no running water but we had a good bit of rain in May. I attached a picture of the meadow and there is a creek at the bottom. I would love your feedback if you want to contact me.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Blue Heaven

    By 

    from Northern Michigan

    About Me Professional Landscaper

    Pros

    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance
    • Naturalizes
    • Outstanding Color
    • Pest Resistant
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Containers
    • Large Areas
    • Raised Beds

    Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

    Easy to grow and "naturalize." Beautiful delicate color especially in morning and semi-shade, attracts bees. Grow on hillsides for waves of blue. Early spring bloomer, nice contrast with wallflowers.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Blue Flax Seed

    By 

    from Alabama

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Pest Resistant
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Erosion Control
      • Large Areas

      Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

      We did not have a long growing season for the Flax to produce because of planting our hillside in the summer but needed erosion control due to the large amount of rain we received this year. We look forward to planting in the spring this year to see better results. I am sure it was our timing and not the seed that was the issue

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      "I would buy this product again and again"

      By 

      from High desert Nevada

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Pros

      • Low Maintenance
      • Pest Resistant
      • Reliable Growth

      Cons

      • Slow Growth

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

        I fill areas where most other plants do not thrive.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Easy to grow

        By 

        from Greensboro NC

        About Me Avid Gardener, Casual Hobbyist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time
        • Low Maintenance
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Areas

          Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

          I just literally threw these seeds out in early Fall - they grew into masses of blue flowers starting in march and stil continuing through May. Growth was thickj enough to outcompete most weeds. I have never watered these

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I will be buying this product AGAIN!

          By 

          from Fenton, Missouri

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Erosion Control
            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

            I use this product to cover areas of a hillside that are problematic. Blue flax provides long bloom time and fantastic blue color in abundance. Also pushes out weeds. Easy to grow and self sustaining.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lots of blooms and flowering plants

            By 

            from Hudson, Colorado

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Pros

            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Areas
              • Raised Beds

              Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

              Great seed! I got hundreds of viable plants from this seed that bloomed all summer and are still blooming this fall. This is a hardy native plant in my area so it grows well in sandy loam soil. I got more plants than I expected though and they bloomed more frequently than usual.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful blues!

              By 

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Getting Started

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Low Maintenance
              • Reliable Growth
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Border Control
                • Containers

                Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                Easy to care for.

                 
                4.0

                Love Perennials

                By 

                from Milwaukee, WI

                About Me Getting Started

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Low Maintenance
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Areas

                  Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                  Cute flowers

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Follow American Meadows Instructions!

                  By 

                  from Estill Springs, TN

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                  I had planned to use the Blue flax as a scented backdrop flower for a wedding reception but purple clover took over the plantings VERY quickly. Clover encourages the pollinators, but Blue Flax was expected. I failed to eliminate clover seeds existing in the tilled ground before I broadcast planted Flax and Cosmos. Seedlings made a good initial showing and I found some precious blooms, but clover grows faster. So this fall I will follow American Meadows instructions before I waste the seed!

                   
                  4.0

                  Coming up nicely

                  By 

                  from Pasadena, MD

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Pros

                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Reliable Growth

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Areas

                    Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                    Scattered these seeds all over my quarter-acre and they are growing agreeably here and there tall and delicate.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    didn't work for me

                    By 

                    from Pittsburgh, PA

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                    Unfortunately, not a single flower appeared. We had an unusually cold spring, so it may killed it.

                    (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The more I use it, the more I like it

                    By 

                    from Fishersville, VA

                    About Me Casual Hobbyist

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Reliable Growth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Border Control
                      • Erosion Control

                      Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                      I live in a neighborhood where streets are lined with grassed drainage ditches instead of sidewalks. I grew weary of mowing the sloping ditch. So, with the permission of our Department of Transportation to use the drainage easement for flowers (and with the understanding that I would not obstruct the view for residents exiting their driveways into traffic), I transformed the ditch into a flower garden. My goal was to plant a self-sustaining garden so that I would not need to do ongoing work along the roadside where I faced the hazards of residential traffic. I chose American Meadows blue flax seed for planting next to the street, because the flowers are beautiful, because the foliage is attractive, and because the plant is perennial. In my limited experience with wildflowers, I have discovered that the foliage of some becomes unattractive and brown at the base over the course of the growing season (though I have not observed this yet with blue flax). To help improve the appearance (for me and for my neighbors, some of whom are now beginning their own front yard projects), I did cautiously contend with the hazards of residential traffic to spend some time working by the roadside to plant plugs of liriope (grass) right along the edge of the street. I sprinkled blue flax seeds among the plugs. It is coming along nicely and I expect to have dainty blue flowers amidst the liriope next year (2014). Meanwhile, I am enjoying the blue flax blooms from prior year's seeding. It currently blooms behind the liriope during the spring of 2013. Photos show blue flax now blooming along with Siberian Iris that I have had and divided for decades, growing along with other wildflowers from American Meadows partial shade mix and American Meadows Eastern Red Columbine (that I started from seed in peat pellets before transplanting to the ditch in recent years).

                      American Meadows blue flax seed germinates well. The plants, with attractive foliage and power-blue blooms, are beautiful.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Terrific Seed Pack

                      By 

                      from Dahlonega, Ga

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Long Bloom Time
                      • Low Maintenance
                      • Pest Resistant
                      • Reliable Growth
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Erosion Control
                        • Large Areas

                        Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                        Used as spot erosion control and weed replacement outside fenced area of yard. Bloomed quickly and spread nicely.

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great blue color

                        By 

                        from Almaden Valley, San jose CA

                        About Me Master Gardener

                        Pros

                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Pest Resistant
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Border Control
                          • Large Areas
                          • Raised Beds

                          Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                          These seeds were very easy to broadcast over a large area and have been growing rapidly and starting to bloom. I'm looking forward to seeing a blue field of delicate flower this summer. I will be purchasing more packets and plants from American Meadows for gifts to family.

                           
                          3.0

                          Blue Flax

                          By 

                          from Rice, Minnesota

                          About Me Casual Hobbyist

                          Pros

                          • Great in large clumps
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                          • Blooms only morning
                          • Needs Extensive Watering

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas

                          Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                          starting from seed is a little difficult unless you're able to water some every day but once they get going they are beautiful when they are in full bloom in the morning or on overcast days. The plants themselves are very delicate as are the flowers, so don't expect a thick stemmed flower.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Beautiful periwinkle!

                          By 

                          from Zionsville

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Pros

                          • Long Bloom Time
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Pest Resistant
                          • Reliable Growth
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Border Control
                            • Cut Flowers
                            • Erosion Control
                            • Large Areas

                            Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                            If you love a pop of long lasting 'periwinkle blue' in your sunny garden,makes a pretty whispy border, this is the seed for you. Good germination, hardy in the hot midwest summer and a late spring to summer bloom-will reseed for next year. Hardy and pretty in one package-really enjoyed this flax addition to my garden!

                             
                            1.0

                            Flax seed

                            By 

                            from Kentucky

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Germanation rate

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                                Germanation rate was less than 10%. Really disappointed. I planted the flax around the edge of my potatos, hoping that they would help deter potato beetles. Almost no plants. Ended up spraying the potatos anyway, hoped that I wouldn't have to.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Seed

                                By 

                                from Medford, OR

                                About Me Master Landscaper

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Reliable Growth
                                • Vivid Colors

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Streamside medow

                                Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                                Medow

                                 
                                4.0

                                A sea of blue

                                By 

                                from Perry, KS

                                About Me Casual Hobbyist

                                Pros

                                • Great filler for a patch
                                • Reliable Growth
                                • Strong growth
                                • Vivid Colors

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                                    I added Blue Flax in a fall planting to several beds that were partially shaded. The flowers are so lovely in the cool weather. I wish it was more competitive with the weeds but then maybe it will fill over time.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Truly amazing blue color!

                                    By 

                                    from Pearce, AZ

                                    About Me Master Gardener

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Instructions
                                    • Attractive
                                    • Hardy
                                    • Healthy
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Garden

                                      Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                                      These are the most amazing blue I've seen in a "wildflower." Every year sections of my property are blanketed in these little blue beauties. I simply tossed the seeds onto the ground and watered them in...these flowers are easy to grow, multiply annually and just could not be more beautiful.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Blue Flax Seeds

                                      By 

                                      from St. Cloud MN

                                      About Me Avid Gardener

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Instructions
                                      • Attractive
                                      • Hardy
                                      • Healthy
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Garden
                                        • Outdoors

                                        Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                                        We used the flax seeds to reseed a wild flower garden. They take a few years to flourish, but we love them. We could not find the seeds locally.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                         
                                        4.0

                                        So pretty

                                        By 

                                        from Lenoir City, TN

                                        About Me Avid Gardener

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Instructions
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Garden
                                          • Outdoors

                                          Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                                          Wish more of these would come up....we are in the second year with these & hope for more to show.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Lovely Blue

                                          By 

                                          from Allentown, PA

                                          About Me Avid Gardener

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attractive

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Garden

                                            Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                                            Blue Flax is a truly lovely blue. Although rather short lived, it self-seeds, so you will continue to have flowers for years to come. Each flower lasts only one day, but when planted en mass, the effect beautiful, lasting many days.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Beautifully packaged reasonable priced!

                                            By 

                                            from Flagstaff, az

                                            About Me Avid Gardener

                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate Instructions

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Garden

                                              Comments about American Meadows Blue Flax Seeds:

                                              I am working on a large, natural back yard, and is a pleasure to
                                              be able to buy seeds for it at a great price.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

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