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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.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Linum catharticum Purging Flax, Fairy flax


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Linum catharticum Purging Flax, Fairy flax
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Physical Characteristics
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Linum catharticum is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from Jun to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, self.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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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].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile humus-rich soil in a sunny sheltered position[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow early spring in situ.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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