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Linum perenne 'Bright Eyes' Bright Eyes Perennial Flax

Edward F. Gilman


Perennial flax produces blue flowers during June and July and grows 12 to 18 inches tall (Figure 1).

Figure 1. 'Bright Eyes' perennial flax
Figure 1.  'Bright Eyes' perennial flax


General Information

Scientific name: Linum perenne 'Bright Eyes'
Pronunciation: LYE-num per-REN-nuh
Common name(s): 'Bright Eyes' perennial flax
Family: Linaceae
Plant type: herbaceous
USDA hardiness zones: 5 through 8 (Figure 2)
Planting month for zone 7: year round
Planting month for zone 8: year round
Origin: not native to North America
Uses: edging; mass planting

Availability: somewhat available, may have to go out of the region to find the plant

Figure 2. Shaded area represents potential planting range.
Figure 2.  Shaded area represents potential planting range.


Height: 1 to 2 feet
Spread: 1 to 2 feet
Plant habit: upright
Plant density: open
Growth rate: moderate
Texture: fine


Leaf arrangement: alternate
Leaf type: simple
Leaf margin: entire
Leaf shape: linear
Leaf venation: none, or difficult to see
Leaf type and persistence: deciduous
Leaf blade length: less than 2 inches
Leaf color: green
Fall color: no fall color change

Fall characteristic: not showy


Flower color: blue
Flower characteristic: summer flowering


Fruit shape: unknown
Fruit length: unknown
Fruit cover: unknown
Fruit color: unknown
Fruit characteristic: inconspicuous and not showy

Trunk and Branches

Trunk/bark/branches: not applicable
Current year stem/twig color: green
Current year stem/twig thickness: thin


Light requirement: plant grows in part shade/part sun; plant grows in the shade
Soil tolerances: slightly alkaline; occasionally wet; acidic; sand; loam; clay
Drought tolerance: Unknown
Soil salt tolerances: unknown
Plant spacing: 12 to 18 inches


Roots: not applicable
Winter interest: no special winter interest
Outstanding plant: not particularly outstanding
Invasive potential: may self-seed each year
Pest resistance: long-term health usually not affected by pests

Use and Management

Pests and Diseases

Stem rot causes stem rotting. Infected plants have a cottony mold growing on the stem. The disease is caused by Sclerotinia sclerotianum.

Publication #FPS- 346

Date:August 13th, 2015

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