Narrow-leaved Flax - Linum tenuifolium

Scientific Name: Linum tenuifolium (Linaceae).

English Name: Narrow-leaved Flax (Flax family).

French Name: Lin à feuilles étroites (='narrow leaved flax').

5 Key Characters:
  • flowers very pale pink or lilac.
  • flowers lax ie slightly drooping.
  • found on dry sunny calcareous slopes.
  • the rounded petals come to a distinct little point. 
  • numerous long narrow leaves.
Lookalikes: Meadow Saxifrage Saxifraga granulata, which grows in similar locations but has sticky hairs and kidney or fan-shaped leaves (see also comment below).

Habitat: Dry hills, grassland, rocky areas.

Flowering Period: May-June-July.

Status: Quite common and widespread.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:


  1. "Quite common and widespread.
    but very often overlooked...
    as its flower resembles that of the Common Saxifrage.

    But it is lower, more delicate....
    and has different leaves!

  2. Tim: I have updated the entry to reflect your comments, thanks.