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Fairy Flax

Linum catharticum

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Linaceae (Flax)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
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. Similar looking to Thyme-leaved Sandwort (Arenaria serpyllifolia) but the flowers of Fairy Flax do not have the large pointed green sepals between the petals. Also, Thyme-leaved Sandwort does not have a yellow centre.
Fruit:
A 4-parted globular capsule.
Leaves:
Annual or biennial flower with small oblong leaves in opposite pairs. The leaves are typically green.
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Other Names:
Purging Flax, White Flax.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Habitats:
Fens, grassland, heathland, meadows, moorland, sand dunes, seaside.
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