Flax

Linum usitatissimum

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  •  Flax
  • Flower name
    Flax
  • Scientific name
    Linum usitatissimum
  • AliasLinum usitatissimum
  • Place of originCaucasus, Middle East and Eurasia
  • Place of floweringGarden, Potted flower
  • Flowering seasonApril, May, June, July

What is Flax

Flax or Linseed (Linum usitatissimum) is an annual herb of the family Amaranthaceae, native to the Caucasus, Middle East and Eurasia. It grows to about 1.2 meters tall with thin stems. The leaves are green, glossy, long-lanceolate, and alternate. It produces pale blue or white five-petaled flowers in spring and summer. It has been cultivated since ancient Egyptian times and is a useful crop for fiber and oil. The fiber is called linen and is used to make sheets, underwear, and table linens. The oil is known as linseed oil.

Common name: Flax, scientific name: Linum usitatissimum, also known as nume sesame, annual flax, red sesame, origin: Caucasus, Middle East, Eurasia Stem: Thin, Leaf Color: Green, Leaf Texture: Glossy, Leaf Form: Long-lanceolate, Leaf blade: 2-4 cm, Leaf Width: 0.3 cm, Leaf Inflorescence: Alternate, Amphibian, Insect-flowering, Radially symmetrical, Inflorescence Form: Conical, Flower Diameter: 1.5-2.5 cm, Petals: 5, Flowering Style: Single, Flower Color: Blue or White, Flowering Season: April-July Flowering season: April-July; fruit: capsule; seed shape: flat-ovate.


  • Eye
    Malpighiales
  • Family
    Linaceae
  • Genus
    Linum
  • Species
    L. usitatissimum
  • Type of flower
    Radial symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Cone / Compound inflorescence
  • Petal shape
    Five-petal
  • Leaf type
    lanceolate
  • Edge of the leaf
    All edges
  • Life typeannual grass
  • Flower colorsBlue
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit color
  • Height30.0 ~ 50.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower2.0 ~ 2.0 cm

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