Flax

flaxFlax (also known as common flax or linseed), with the binomial name Linum usitatissimum, is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae. It is a food and fiber crop that is grown in cooler regions of the world. The textiles made from flax are known in the West as linen, and traditionally used for bed sheets, underclothes and table linen.

The soils most suitable for flax, besides the alluvial kind, are deep loams, and containing a large proportion of organic matter. Flax is often found growing just above the waterline in cranberry bogs. Heavy clays are unsuitable, as are soils of a gravelly or dry sandy nature.

Within four weeks of sowing, the plant will reach 10–15 cm (3.9–5.9 in) in height and will grow several centimeters per day under its optimal growth conditions, reaching 70–80 cm (28–31 in) within fifty days. (Source: Wikipedia)

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