Linum lewisii

(Blue Flax)


Linum lewisii, North Swan River, Summit Co. 5165


Linum lewisii, North Swan River, Summit Co. 5180


Linum lewisii, North Swan River, Summit Co. 5154


Linum lewisii, Middle Swan River, Summit Co. 5828

Scientific Name Linum lewisii USDA PLANTS Symbol LILE3
Common Name Blue Flax ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29214
Family Linaceae (Flax) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to subalpine (3900 to 11400 ft.); dry, sunny, meadows roadsides and woodlands.
Plant: Perennial with a few to several ascending/spreading, smooth stems 6 to 32 inches tall.
Leaves: Narrow, linear stem leaves 0.2 to 1.2 inches long and less than 0.1 inch long.
Inflorescence: Multiple bright blue, saucer-shaped flowers on each stem, each about 1-1/2 inches across and with 5 petals and stamens.
Bloom Period: May to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Wildflower Center.
BONAP Distribution Map

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