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This beautiful little plant popped up in a pot, the flowers are closed up by the time I get home from work. Can anyone identify it?

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Comment by Christina Dupuy on July 17, 2013 at 6:44pm

Lisianthus, Eustoma grandiflorum it's an annual. Must have been a stray seed.

Comment by Buck Reilly on May 3, 2013 at 12:29pm
Cool! Thanks Steve
Comment by Steve Woodmansee on May 3, 2013 at 11:25am

Ha, ha,  it appears that what you have there is Flax (Linum usitatissimum) (it should have five petals).  Native to Europe and North Africa (I think).  This is the same plant we use to boost our omega 3's (from seeds), make the fabric linen (using the stems), and the lubricant linseed oil (also from seeds).  You can actually grow this annual fairly easily and harvest your own seed.  There are native species of flax, from common to rare and federally endangered.  Flowers of our natives are yellow.  The native Linum are also annuals, alas none of them are in cultivation.

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