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Dieren en planten

Plants   Flax family   Fairy flax   Allseed   Dune flora   

Water en land

Mens en Milieu

Fairy flax


5 to 20 centimeters


flowers: white with yellow heart


June through August


insects and self-pollination



life span:

one or two years


Europe, eastern North America

  • Dut: Geelhartje. Purgeervlas
  • Lat: Linum catharticum
  • Eng: Fairy Flax, Purging Flax
  • Ger: Wiesenflachs, Purgier-Lein
  • Fre: Lin purgatif
  • Dan: Vild hør
Fairy flax, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

Fairy flax

Fairy flax is also known as purging flax. In earlier days, its poisonous seeds was used as a laxative for helping chronic constipation. Fairy flax grows in various kinds of soils: calcium-rich dunes, wet valleys and inland dune grasslands. Despite the large variety of possible habitats, fairy flax has grown rare in the Netherlands. It is only commonly found in the dunes. This tiny flower grows in the same kind of places where other uncommon plants grow, such as glaucous sedge and quaking grass. As long as the area is relatively open, unfertilized, not too shaded and rich in calcium, fairy flax has a chance.