FLAX / LINSEED

Linum usitatissimum

Flax is a cool-season broadleaf that is used as a component in cover crop mixtures in a range of contexts. It has a low nutrient demand compared to other cover crops.

Flax produces durable, long-lasting residue. The plant helps mobilise phosphorus in the soil; tackles soil compaction issues; and its root-system hosts mycorrhizal fungi.

Flowering usually takes place 50 days after planting - lasting approximately 4 weeks. Although the plant is generally self-pollinating, it attracts beneficial insects - pollinators and insect predators, with its blue flowers.