Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co.Cork

Fairy Flax
Linum catharticum
Lus na mban sí
Family: Linaceae

Flowering: June-September. Annual. Native.

Very small white flowers with 5 un-notched petals, 5 narrow sepals.
Leaves narrow oval, opposite.
Very thin erect to straggly forked stems, sometimes reddish.
Slender plant, easily overlooked when not flowering. Height: 5-20 cm

Base-rich to mildly acidic ground. Grassland, dunes, heaths, rides in forestry plantations. Abundant throughout Ireland.

Photographs above: Ballingeary, Co.Cork. August 2007.

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