|Zone:||Not hardy; grow as an annual|
General: This ancient plant has been grown for centuries for its flax seeds, commonly used in cooking and herbal remedies. Showy pale blue flower sit atop wiry stems followed by see pods which hold valued seeds.
Culinary Uses: The fibers obtained from flax have been used for centuries to make linen. In recent years flax has become a more popular kitchen staple being used as an egg replacer when mixed with water as well as being added to baked goods, breads, and granola.
Medicinal Uses: The flax seed (the most famous part of the plant) is rich in dietary fiber, micro nutrients, and omega-3 fatty acids. It can also help in reducing cholesterol levels and providing health benefits for women especially. In addition, the plant can help relieve constipation and intestinal blockages. The lining that flax contains makes the plant a good antioxidant.
Ornamental Uses: This plant bears a light blue colored attractive flowers, each flower showing off five petals and protruding stamen that slightly resemble that of a hibiscus flower. That flax fruit pod is a round, dry, capsule, containing several brown or golden-yellow seeds. The seeds are smooth, glossy, and flat shaped that resemble as a sesame seed.
|Uses*:||Culinary, Medicinal, Ornamental|