Species: Flax (Linum usitatissimum)

Family: Flaxes (LINACEAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NW

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Flaxes (LINACEAE)

This family's importance rests principally on the commercial value of flax.

C. Flax (Linum usitatissimum)

Flax is one of the world's oldest fibre crops, grown for both linen fibre and linseed oil. Its blue flowers appear in June. Fine linen is spun from flax fibres, which are also used for cord, sail cloth and lamp wicks. From the seeds is pressed linseed oil, used for conditioning wood. When a few drops are added to your dog's food it will give them a silky coat. Commercial cough medicines contain linseed oil, and it is effective externally as a poultice for boils, abscesses and scalds, and internally as a laxative.

It is likely that most of the Flax growing in the Cemetery has come from bird seed used in the bird feeders that we maintain.



The delicately-veined, blue flowers of Flax appear in June and July borne on solitary stems.


Fine linen is spun from flax fibres made from the stems of these small flowers. It is also used for cord, sail cloth and lamp wicks.


These days the seeds of Flax are pressed to make linseed oil which is used for conditioning wood, notably the blades of cricket bats.