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African Flax

Linum africanum

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

African Flax Overview

Linum africanum is a hardy, small, evergreen, compact, drought resistant bushy shrublet with attractive grey-green leaves. It is on SANBI's red list of threatened species in South Africa. African flax makes a pretty ground cover with dainty yellow flowers in Summer.

Common problems with African Flax

Susceptible to slugs and snails.

    How to harvest African Flax

    Generally not harvested, but prune back after flowering to keep in shape and promote flowering the following season.

    How to propagate African Flax

    Seed

    Sow seed in spring in well-draining soil.

    Cuttings

    Take stem tip cuttings in early summer. Root in moist soil.

    Special features of African Flax

    Drought resistant

    Can withstand long dry spels.