One section of my garden is dedicated to perennial flowers, especially those that attract bee and butterflies. One of the first plants to flower each year opens up small, bluish/purple flowers, and I’ve finally identified it as flax.
While my flax exists only to be beautiful and attract pollinators to my garden, the plant is a very versatile. It originated in India, and the Pilgrims brought flax to America where it was used for medicine, as a grain crop, to make linseed oil, and to make fabrics, rope, and other materials.
Better Half and I each had a favorite flax shot, so I’m posting both here. What do you think? Which photo do you prefer?
Flax Photo #1. The delicate flowers of the long, thin flax plant are only about 1/2 to one inch in diameter (15-25mm).
Flax Photo #2. Viewing a flax flower from above.