LINUM LEWISII (Blue Flax, Prairie Flax, Lewis Flax)


Blue Flax adds a striking blue twist to gardens and also is easy to grow due to its tolerance to dry, sandy soils and ability to do well in full-sun to part-shade. Although its ideal location is an open area with full-sun, non-clay soils. In these ideal growing situations, Flax will establish relatively quickly and spread via seed to provide excellent and beautiful erosion control or fire breaks.

Also called Lewis Flax or Prairie Flax, this 13-18″ tall plant bursts with flowers for 6 weeks! (Also note, that flowers close each evening and open again in the morning.) Flax is considered somewhat deer resistant while flowering but wildlife will browse on the leafy greens in the fall.

Known for their excellent cold winter and drought tolerance, these plants which can be found from Alaska to California and east to Minnesota. Just look in mixed-grass, sagebrush, piñon-juniper, mountain aspen communities, and in coniferous forests to find these 5-pedal dreams.

In addition to diversifying a garden or providing much-needed erosion control, the Blue Flax plant has many medicinal uses from eye cream to digestion support. (Read more here)

Fun Fact: Lewis Flax is named for Captain Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. It is thought that this plant was discovered in 1806 on their famous journey. To see more history about Blue Flax, click here.


Colorado Hardy Plants are just that… hardy! We have sought out plant varieties that provide low maintenance, use little or no water once established, and are simply hardy enough to grow where others don’t.

We grow and ship our plants in 5″ or quart-size (in certain varieties) plastic containers. Knowing that the root system is the most important part of the plant we guarantee. our plants to have a large root system that fills the container.

CHP is a small family operation! We propagate, pot, water, prune, and personally package the pants you order from us. Most of our plants are grown from cuttings taken from the plants or seeds collected nearby the nursery at an elevation of 6300 ft. Our weather is extreme with temps below 0 are common in the winter and intense sunlight all summer long. We don’t grow plants in heated greenhouses, they have to be able to survive the elements!

Please note that deciduous plants ordered in the winter months and early spring will have been pruned a minimum of 30% compared to photos and may have no leaves

Our nursery is also licensed and inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Nursery Division and holds a current Japanese Beetle Certificate. We only ship USPS Priority Mail, so your plants are sure to arrive quickly. You’ll note in our feedback that our shipping process is a sight to behold. We love our customers so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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