Ellen Schwindt wrote:I recently heard that there is a perennial version of flax. Has anybody heard of it or knows where to find it.
Yes! There are a few different species of Linum
that are perennials. A perennial linen native to Europe is Linum perenne
. One native to North America is Linum lewisii
. We have a native perennial linen here in New Zealand as well, which is Linum monogynum
. Common flax Linum usitatissimum
, which is used to make linen commercially, is an annual. All members of the genus Linum
have strong bast fibres which can be used in textiles, although the length and quality vary. Many perennial species have extensive branching, which is not ideal from a fibre extraction perspective. Some have higher quality fibre than L. usitatissimum
-- L. monogynum
apparently has excellent quality, fine fibre (difficult to find seeds, though!).
I would look for seeds of perennial Linum
species in your local wildflower seed catalogues. Linum perenne
, L. lewisii
, and L. grandiflorum
(an annual) are all popular garden flowers and seed for at least one of these should be available in your country.