Linum catharticum

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Linum catharticum
Liunum catharticum1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Linaceae
Genus: Linum
Species: L. catharticum
Binomial name
Linum catharticum
  • Cathartolinum catharticum (L.) Small
  • Cathartolinum pratense Rchb. nom. illeg.
  • Nezera cathartica (L.) Nieuwl.

Linum catharticum or fairy flax is an herbaceous flowering plant in the genus Linum, native to Great Britain,[2] central Europe and Western Asia. The plant is annual and blooms in July and August.


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Native flora recorded from postal district CO4 (Colchester area north)". The Postcode Plant Database. Natural History Museum. Retrieved 10 January 2013.