Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pale Flax

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pale Flax. 

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pale Flax. 

This week's Isles of Scilly wildflower of the week was Pale Flax - Linum Bienne.

There was quite a lot of excitement about this plant when it was found, quite recently, in a field on St Mary's. 

Pale flax is the most beautiful grassland flower. It is slender and hairless with five spaced pale blueish lilac petals, backed by visible green pointed sepals. 

The botanical name, Linum Bienne, means fibres that are made into linen and a plant which flowers every two years and then dies. 

It has no edible uses unlike cultivated flax where seeds are turned into cakes for cattle. 

Pale Flax is native to the Mediterranean region and Western Europe. It is found in southern England and Ireland. It has been introduced to North America and New Zealand in the 1970s.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new Wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.