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Blue Flax

~ Linum lewisii ~ Discovered and noted by Lewis & Clark in 1806, native tribes used its tough stems to make rope and other useful items. A perennial tufted plant, with slender, leafy stems, bearing loose, much-branched clusters of large, delicate, sky blue flowers which bloom all summer. Funnel-shaped when they open in the morning, flowers flatten as the day progresses and are dropped the following day. Found on prairies; open, rocky woods; mesas; dry hillsides; coniferous forests; meadows.