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This crop has bright blue flowers. It is primarily used to make linen from its fibers and its seeds used as supplements and for linseed oil.

Latin Name

Linum usitatissimum



Also Known As


Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Crops Crops

Bloom Season



Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 4'
Max spread Max Spread: 1'


  • Annual
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    Middle East


    Washington grew flax at most of his farms.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm

  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

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    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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