Montana Outdoors

June 12, 2015

Wild Blue Flax

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:05 pm

Wild Blue Flax

Wild Blue Flax AKA Prairie Flax ~ Linum lewisii, found growing on Camas Prairie.



  1. Flax flowers are sweet.. What a beautiful photo!


    Comment by Mother Hen — June 12, 2015 @ 9:30 pm

  2. Love the bold, joyful color…Such a treat for the eye.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — June 12, 2015 @ 9:37 pm

    • That is a wonderful color, isn’t it! They seem to grow in large enough groups that they really make their presence known. Sure pretty in a green meadow!


      Comment by montucky — June 12, 2015 @ 9:57 pm

  3. A real true blue.
    Pretty flower.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 12, 2015 @ 10:01 pm

  4. Incredible color!


    Comment by Sue — June 12, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

  5. I’ve always liked flax flowers. These are nice ones.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — June 12, 2015 @ 10:46 pm

    • I like them too, especially because they are very colorful and larger than most wild flowers.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2015 @ 9:32 pm

  6. What a dazzling blue! I love this picture. They shine like silk in the light.


    Comment by Jane — June 13, 2015 @ 12:52 am

    • They do look like silk. The various textures of the wild flowers and how they handle light are fascinating. This one has a unique ability to reflect just the right amount of sun light.

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      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

  7. What a lovely shade of blue.


    Comment by Vicki — June 13, 2015 @ 2:59 am

  8. Beautiful – that looks almost unreal! Such shiny petals, and what a wonderful blue.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 13, 2015 @ 3:48 am

    • I will always be fascinated and amazed by the things that wild flowers display and the ways in which they do it. There is so much beauty and variety!

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      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2015 @ 9:42 pm

  9. Jane said silk — I was going to say satin. They are so beautiful. The striations in the petals really add some interest, and help to catch the eye — as if that saturated color couldn’t do it all by itself. I saw that reference to the Camas Prairie. I’m betting it got its name from another sort of flower.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 13, 2015 @ 6:18 am

    • I suspect that this Camas Prairie was indeed named for the camas flower which is a beautiful blue color too. Oddly enough though, I don’t recall seeing any there, but I usually don’t travel through there when the camas flowers are in bloom. A prairie area where camas grew was a very big thing for the Indians native to that area because camas roots were a very valuable food source.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2015 @ 9:47 pm

  10. Those are beautiful flowers and one I’ve never seen.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 13, 2015 @ 6:49 am

    • This one is fairly common in various places across this area. It likes direct sun, tolerates dry conditions and sure brightens up a meadow or roadside.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2015 @ 9:49 pm

  11. Beautiful and so bright!


    Comment by Anonymous — June 13, 2015 @ 7:16 am

    • One of the sad things about so many of our wild flowers is that they are very often completely overlooked. That isn’t true for this one: lots of people see it and enjoy it.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2015 @ 9:50 pm

  12. Wow. Gorgeous.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 13, 2015 @ 7:27 am

    • It is a spectacular flower, and the color goes so well with the green of the native grasses in early summer.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

  13. Beautiful shiny blue!


    Comment by Candace — June 14, 2015 @ 3:03 pm

  14. Very Nice! Love the color and texture!


    Comment by Reed Andariese — June 14, 2015 @ 3:45 pm

  15. so very pretty


    Comment by Tammie — June 15, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

  16. I assume the species name in Linum lewisii is a tribute to the Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame.

    All the Linum species in central Texas have flowers that are shades of red or orange, so this blue comes as a novelty for me.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — June 15, 2015 @ 5:14 pm

    • Yes, I believe it was named after Lewis, as many species or subspecies of the northwest wildflowers have been.


      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

  17. They are so pretty and what a beautiful colour ! You captured them so beautifully !


    Comment by Jocelyne — June 16, 2015 @ 10:48 am

  18. Hi Montucky, Such jewels! Love that neon electric blue and shimmer, too! Have a fine day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 16, 2015 @ 11:06 am

  19. Beautiful and awesome. I love the photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 24, 2015 @ 3:52 am

    • I love seeing it when it blooms in abundance every year about this time.


      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2015 @ 7:22 am

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