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African Flax

Linum africanum

Linum africanum is a hardy, small, evergreen, compact, drought resistant bushy shrublet with attractive grey-green leaves. It is on SANBI's red list of threatened species in South Africa. African flax makes a pretty ground cover with dainty yellow flowers in Summer.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, but prune back after flowering to keep in shape and promote flowering the following season.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in spring in well-draining soil.
Cuttings
Take stem tip cuttings in early summer. Root in moist soil.

Special features

Drought resistant
Can withstand long dry spels.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Eastern and Western Cape
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Linaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to slugs and snails.

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