Textile flax (Linum usitatissimum)
3.78 $ 3.78 $ 3.7800000000000002 CAD
Nathalie variety Before the introduction of cotton and synthetic fibers, linen occupied a very important place in Quebec households of yesteryear. It was used everywhere, from bedsheets to stockings! And even before that, this plant has quite a story! Linen was probably the first vegetable fiber to be woven. It would have first been domesticated in the region of the Fertile Crescent. Remains dating back 36,000 years have been found in a cave in Georgia. It was also a favorite textile in ancient Egypt. The fiber yields a supple, light, absorbent, heat-regulating and durable fabric, which explains its popularity. The plant is easy to grow and its blue flowers are attractively delicate. The fibers are found at the heart of the stem, and are extracted by a controlled decomposition process called retting.

Latin name: Linum usitatissimum
Common name: Textile flax
English: Fiber flax, linen
Family: Linaceae

Harvest one month after flowering, or two weeks after seed capsules have formed.