Flax, Golden (Linum usitatissimum), organic
$2.95 – $13.00
Family: Flax (Linaceae)
Annual, 100 to 120 days to harvest
(Omega Flax, Golden Flax, Linseed) Native to temperate Europe and Asia. Flax is pretty in the garden, with the added advantage of yielding a valuable seed crop. Cultivar producing seeds containing low mucilage and high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids (linolenic acid). The seed is shiny and golden, and the flowers are flax blue. Homegrown organic linseed is very tasty as an addition to breads or cereals, and since rancidity can be a problem, it is very nice to grow your own to assure that it is entirely fresh. If taken alone, supplement with plenty of water. Cultivation: Easy to grow. Cultivate an area of good soil in the spring and strew the seed on the surface, working in with your fingers. Pat down soil surface and water. The plant grows best in a self-supporting patch, not in a carefully defined row. The distinctive sprouts appear quickly and tend to out-distance weeds, as they grow quite rapidly to 2 feet tall. One packet contains 200 seeds and covers approximately 40 square feet.
Certified Organically Grown
When would you say would be the last time to plant flax in a zone 7 location both as a cover crop and as for seed production?
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Richo Cech –
Is this golden flax the textile flax or is that the brown flax? Thanks!
Richo Cech –
hi tristan, any Linum usitatissimum can be used for seed and/or textile, but you are right, there are different cultivars that work best for one or the other. Both the brown and golden flax are seed cultivars but you can use them to make flaxen fibre. richo