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Fairy Flax

Linum catharticum

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Linaceae (Flax)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Flowers have 5 unnotched, white, ovate petals, up to 1cm across. The centres of the flowers are yellow. Their stalks are long and thread-like. The flowers nod when in bud. 5 stamens.
Fruit:
A 4-parted globular capsule.
Leaves:
Annual or biennial flower with small oblong leaves in opposite pairs.
Maximum Size:
25cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous in large quantities.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Purging Flax, White Flax.
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, heathland, meadows, moorland, sand dunes, seaside.