Linum lewisii

(Blue Flax)

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Linum lewisii, North Swan River, Summit Co. 5165

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Linum lewisii, North Swan River, Summit Co. 5180

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Linum lewisii, North Swan River, Summit Co. 5154

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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

Colorado Status:
Native

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