Linum grandiflorum (syn. L. coccineum)
Linaceae (Flax) Family
Photo courtesy Mike Carter, Pensacola, Fl
Scarlet Flax is a species of flax known by several common names, including red flax, and crimson flax. It is native to Algeria, but it is known elsewhere in Northern Africa, Southern Europe and in several locations in North America as an introduced species. It is an annual herb producing an erect, branching stem lined with waxy, lance-shaped leaves about ½ inch long. The flowers are borne on pedicels several inches long. The flower has five red petals each up to ¾ inch long and stamens tipped with anthers bearing light blue pollen. It can found on occasion as a casual well outside its normal established range; records from the British Isles, for example, are reasonably frequent but, grown as an annual, it rarely persists for more than one season.