Color: Pale blue to lavender or white
Common name: Blue Flax, Lewis Flax
Latin name: Linum lewisii
Height: 2 feet
Description: The flowers are 1.5–3 cm diameter, with five petals on a smooth stem. The 4–6 mm sepals are egg-shaped.
Leaf: The 1–2 cm long blue-green needlelike leaves are spirally arranged.
Range: Desert, California Floristic Province, n East of Sierra Nevada, White and Inyo Mountains
Habitat: Dry open ridges, slopes
Elevation: 400–3000 m.
Flowering time: May-Sept
Notes: Linum lewisii is extremely durable, even aggressive, in favorable conditions, successfully seeding even into established lawns. The plant, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond. This photo was taken on May 7, 2005 in the New York Mountains in the Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County, California.
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