is an annual utility plant which has been grown for at least 5000 years. Its origins are uncertain. Flax exists in wild, run wild and domesticated forms. Usitatissimum menans "˜very useful"™.
It usually grows 1 m tall and gets blue blossoms in July-August. The fibres are used for spun yarn after retting and drying and the seeds for oil-making and medicine and also for cooking and baking bread.
SOWING: Scatter the seeds in April-May, about 5 hg/100 m2, rake them down and pack the soil. Flax wants to grow in quite dry well-drained soil in full sun.
SEEDS: About 300 seeds/g.