Flax (Linum usitatissimum) is an annual with slender stems arching from one main stem at the base of the plant to 30” or more. In full sun to partial shade, it blooms in mid summer to early fall. Flaxseeds are widely used as a nutritional additive to foods, the healthful benefits from flaxseed are found both in the oil, and in the fiber. Flaxseed is more than 40% oil by weight, high in Omega-3. Flaxseed sprouts are edible, with a slightly spicy flavor. Seeds are used whole, cracked or ground into meal as a nutritional ingredient in appetizers, soups, salads, entrées, muffins, breads, desserts and even fruit drinks and smoothies. Ground flax adds a nutty taste to oatmeal and yogurt.
Beautiful blue flax provides long bloom time and fantastic blue color in abundance. Also pushes out weeds. Easy to grow and self sustaining attracts bees.
The earliest evidence of humans using wild flax as a textile comes from the present day Republic of Georgia, where spun, dyed, and knotted wild flax fibers were found in Dzudzuana Cave and dated to the Upper Paleolithic, 30,000 years ago. Annual