Chihuahuan flax (Linum vernale)
Description: A very slender, erect plant with yellow-orange, bowl-shaped flowers, each with a maroon center. This is a common species in parts of the Chihuahuan Desert. Only the very bases of the petals are joined, and when the corolla falls from the flower, breezes may blow it across the ground like a fragile saucer. It is representative of a number of western yellow-flowered species, most slender and wiry and many without maroon centers in the flowers.
Synonym(s): Cathartolinum vernale, Mesynium vernale
USDA Symbol: LIVE2
Size Class: 1-2 ft.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Water Use: Low
Light Requirements: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Bloom Notes: Native Distribution: Southern New Mexico, western Texas, and northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky, limestone soil in deserts.
Missing Images: Plant, Leaf, Close-Up, Fruit-Seed
Data Completeness: Complete