Image from Melbourne Bushfood

Native Linseed is a perennial that grows to a height of 0.6m.It’s a slender straight up herb with thick tuberous roots and unbranched hairless stem.

Don’t panic when your Native Linseed dies to a rootstock during dry seasons as it forms a habit of sprouting right back when conditions are favourable. In fact, this makes it a drought tolerant species.

With A hermaphrodite (having both male and female reproductive systems on the same plant), this means you only need one to flower.








    Image from Melbourne Bushfood

    Good for:

    - Beginners

    - Frost 

    - Drought


    Water

    Moderate

    Sunlight

    Full sun

    Size

    Up to 0.6m high

    Planting

    Planting


    Native Linseed is ideal for cottage gardens and rockeries. A low maintenance species, it self-seeds under ideal conditions. You can eat the raw seeds or cook them if you prefer.


    Traditional Owners used the very strong fibre from the stem to make cord and twine for fishing nets. It was stripped and beaten for string.

    Plant in light sandy and medium loamy soils. These are best for Native Linseed. The soil must be moist but well-drained for it to thrive. In pots, we recommend Osmocote Premium Potting Mix.


    Frost tolerance


    Native Linseed doesn’t mind heavy frost, as it will take -7°C no trouble at all.


    Sunlight

    Whilst most native plants will do well in full sun or part-shade, Native Linseed requires full sun.

    Drought Tolerance

    The species is drought tolerant and doesn’t mind poor soils at all. Water moderately.



    Maintenance

    Watering


    To encourage growth, we recommend you water more during early Spring to the end of Summer.


    Fertilizing


    Fertilize in Spring using slow-release or seaweed fertilizer. Pro tip: Mixing water soluble fertilizer and seaweed fertilizer does magic for Native Linseed during establishment.

    Harvesting


    After seeding, prune the plant back to 20cm for best results next season and thank me later.

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