Wild Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)


Wild Blue Flax (Linum lewisii)
Location: Windy Saddle Park, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA

From late spring until the end of summer, this wildflower can be found along roadsides and in meadows in much of the western United States.  The flowers are short-lived.  They bloom just after dawn, and drop their petals later in the day.  Fortunately, the blossoms are replaced each day throughout the season.

The species name honors Capt. Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition.  He is said to have noted the presence of this wildflower in the northern Idaho territory.

2 comments:

Becky and Gary said...

This is a beautiful little flower similar to our Chicory, and the very same color.
B.

BNS said...

Yes, I love the color. And when you see a whole meadow covered with them, it looks like heaven. :)