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Linum catharticum - L.

Common Name Purging Flax, Fairy flax
Family Linaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Poisonous in large doses[21].
Habitats Grassland, dunes and moors[9], most commonly on calcareous grassland[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to Spain the Caucasus and Iran.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Linum catharticum Purging Flax, Fairy flax


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Linum catharticum Purging Flax, Fairy flax
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Linum catharticum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from June to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Anthelmintic  Diuretic  Emetic  Homeopathy  Purgative

Purging flax was often used in the past as a gentle laxative, and also for the treatment of muscular rheumatism, liver complaints, jaundice and catarrhal problems[4, 244], though it is seldom used in modern herbalism[244]. The whole herb is anthelmintic, diuretic, emetic and purgative[4, 9, 21, 46]. It is harvested in the summer as it comes into flower and can be dried for later use[4]. When used as a purgative it is generally taken with a carminative such as peppermint[4]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of bronchitis, piles and amenorrhoea[9].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile humus-rich soil in a sunny sheltered position[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in situ.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

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