December 13, 2017

Out of Algeria

Linum grandiflorum 'Rubrum' - Scarlet flax

Janine Pineo Photo | Linum grandiflorum ‘Rubrum’ – Scarlet flax

For a small flower, Linum grandiflorum ‘Rubrum’ packs a wallop in scarlet. Nothing can quite prepare you for the explosion of color that scarlet flax offers when the small flowers open  to reveal a clear, smooth red hue. The edges of the five-petaled flowers are made even more dramatic by being edged in black. The center sports stamens with anthers glowing in pollen colored light blue. This heirloom flower is native to Algeria and then was introduced into Northern Africa and Southern Europe, where it has naturalized. It is an introduced species in the United States. The slender stems of this herb can reach up to 2 feet in height, topped with flowers that last usually but a day but will persist from June until frost.

This week we are featuring heirlooms grown by The Heirloom Garden of Maine in Montville.