Calflora
Taxon  Report   4908    
Linum lewisii  Pursh
Blue flax,  Lewis' flax, Prairie flax, Western blue flax
Linum lewisii
© 2001 Larry Blakely
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Linum lewisii
© 2008 Thomas Stoughton
Linum lewisii
© 2011 Aaron Schusteff
Linum lewisii, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Observation Hotline
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Plant Characteristics
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Bloom Period
Linum lewisii
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Family: LINACEAE  
Genus: Linum
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Foothill Woodland

Serpentine affinity: 1.3; (weak indicator / indifferent)

Habitat: slopes, ridges

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Linum lewisii var. alpicola
More information about  Linum lewisii
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (LILE3)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 20, 2018).

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