Common flax (Linum usitatissimum)

Our seed of the week this week is a very versatile plant with many uses. Flax is a plant you can grow just for its beauty, or you can grow it for nutritional value and more.

Flax has been a good source of fiber for over two thousand years. The seeds can be eaten and the plant can also be woven into linen. Eat flax seeds for optimal health. These seeds are said to be a natural laxative and can help lower your cholesterol. Plus, they taste great and are easy to incorporate into many breads and recipes.

Flax can grow over two feet tall and produces gorgeous blue flowers during the summer months. Flax is an annual but will self-seed in many climates and come back year after year.

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