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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Spring Wildflowers

Harold Umber photo: Wild blue flax
Harold Umber
  Wild blue flax
(Linium lewisii)

Distribution: statewide except south central
Habitat: dry, open places such as: upland prairie, road ditches and railway right-of-ways
Flowers: pale blue in color, small (1 inch), 5 petals with radiate lines of lighter blue, several flowers in loose cluster
Height: 10-24 inches
Blooms: mid-May to late July
Family name: Flax (Linaceae)
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Named after Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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