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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 30, 2012 5:54 AM CST
Zone 5b, blooming now.

Morning bloomer - closed by mid-day.

From seeds I scattered this spring. Whistling (I should have a record of it someplace, but?? *Blush* )

24" stem, unbranched until very close to the blooming end.

Entire plant is gray-green in color.

Blooms are approx. one-half, to 3/4 inch in size.

Leaves look like perennial aster leaves - small and narrow.

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Is this a tall annual phlox, perhaps? I had tossed out some seeds of those...
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
May 30, 2012 6:27 AM CST
chelle, it looks like a Linum. I'll check what you have later, unless someone finds it first.
Name: Monica
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krancmm
May 30, 2012 6:44 AM CST
Agree with Super Sleuth: Linum usitatissimum, Annual Blue Phlox http://www.anniesannuals.com/signs/l/linum_usitassimum_abf.h...

It's listed in database, but no info or pix...ahem.
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 30, 2012 7:15 AM CST
NO WAY!! Hurray! !!!!

I've been trying to grow this plant for years with no success 'til now! Yippee!!!

How in the world did I not recognize it? Hilarious! I guess once it was crossed off my mental list as a "can't do" I just lost the image in my brain as well. Rolling on the floor laughing

Thanks so much!!!

[Happy dancing and skipping joyfully on over to the database and singing all the way... nodding Hurray! ]
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 30, 2012 7:32 AM CST
Before I add it to the DB...

I had seeds for perenne, and I think the close-set petals of mine closely match it; what do you think? http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/you...
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krancmm
May 30, 2012 8:09 AM CST
I only suggested the annual, because the perennial would usually not bloom the first season.

From Missouri: "Easily grown from seed (some plants may flower the first year)." Annual can bloom in 60 days from seeding.

You mentioned you just seeded them this spring. Are you sure Whistling

They both look amazingly similar though. Pick a linum, any linum... Hilarious!
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 30, 2012 8:28 AM CST
Nope, I'm not sure which seed sprouted when...I've been tossing out seed of perenne every year for the past four, or so. Hilarious! These happened to pop up in one of the more undisturbed/natural (read as unweeded Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing ) areas in which I've tossed seeds. Sooooo...they could have sprouted last year and not bloomed until this year.
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JRsbugs
May 30, 2012 8:40 AM CST
I had Linum perenne some years ago, it has very long lax stems and I think the leaves are narrower.

http://www.flowerspictures.org/flower-pictures/flax-flowers_...

I think it's a better match for Linum usitatissimum, and if that's one you have been trying to grow it looks to have finally been successful.

http://ltg.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fails:Linum_usitatissimum_003....

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Linum+usitatissimum&um=1&ie...
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 30, 2012 8:48 AM CST
This one does have a long, lax stem and very narrow leaves. Once that area has more light I'll get some more pictures to compare. Both look good, however. Smiling

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Name: woofie
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woofie
May 30, 2012 8:55 AM CST
And I would call the perennial "invasive!" I find that darn stuff popping up everywhere!

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Name: woofie
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woofie
May 30, 2012 9:01 AM CST
The foliage on my perennial flax looks more blue-green than the foliage in your picture, chelle. The foliage on the annual scarlet flax is a much brighter green, too. I didn't know there was an annual blue one!
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 30, 2012 3:23 PM CST
Maybe these will help.

Taller than I'd guessed.


I held a grass stem next to it to show relative size of stem and leaves.


All of these shots were taken in shade - in sunlight the leaves appear more gray/blue than green.
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woofie
May 30, 2012 3:36 PM CST
One other thing, although I don't know if it's also true of the annual flax, is the flowers don't fully open till a bit later in the day. The flowers aren't fully open in the picture I took this morning just before 8 am.
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 30, 2012 4:00 PM CST
Yep. Same here. Once the sun comes around in the afternoon they close up as well.
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JRsbugs
May 30, 2012 4:24 PM CST
I still say Linum usitatissimum, the leaves are quite green..

http://www.missouriplants.com/Bluealt/Linum_usitatissimum_pa...

Aha, how many veins do the leaves have? It seems perenne only has one vein, you might need to look at the backs as I can see smaller veins near the edges of the leaf back on the missouri site.

http://rovve.eric.perso.neuf.fr/flaxblue.html

http://www.geraldearl.com/Photography/pictures/plants/flower...



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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
May 30, 2012 4:34 PM CST
Leaves of Linum usitatissimum ..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hammo114/4224348231/
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 30, 2012 5:42 PM CST
JRsbugs said:Leaves of Linum usitatissimum ..

]http://www.flickr.com/photos/hammo114/4224348231/



That's it.

Thank you! I tip my hat to you.

You've all been so helpful. nodding



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JRsbugs
May 30, 2012 6:17 PM CST
Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
May 30, 2012 6:23 PM CST
Hurray! Now I gotta get some! Those perennial ones are a pain in the nether regions! Whistling
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 30, 2012 7:01 PM CST
Hurray! Thumbs up
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