Native Flax (Linum marginale)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Native Flax
Linum marginale
Linaceae

A very strong fibre is obtained from the stem. It is used for making nets and cordage[46, 156].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Seed – raw or cooked. Mucilaginous, with very little flavour[46, 144, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Basal cuttings in spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 8 – 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer. Division.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in this country. It tolerates temperatures down to at least -7¡c in Australian gardens but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile humus-rich soil in a sunny sheltered position[200].
Australia – Victoria.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

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