So, because of the potential to dominate I implemented a strict Four-Point Blue Flax Management Plan at our house.
- Out with the old
- The young plants seem the most at home and the right scale for the garden, so annually, I remove the old plants, or those older than about two years. In the wild, the ones I've seen around here are all pretty small, too.
- Blue flax looks really good mixed in with taller grasses, like bluebunch wheatgrass (Pseudoroegneria spicata). It is the right scale and the color really stands out.
- Although it looks good with tall grasses, blue flax will tend to look weedy around small stature plants, and ground covers like rosy pussytoes (Antennaria rosea).
- Finally, if it is near anything more interesting which is probably anything except bluebunch wheatgrass, I pull it out.
Fortunately my friend Kathy from my favorite wildflower nursery, Blackfoot Native Plants, in Potomac, Montana, eagerly takes the ones I pull (to sell at her nursery). Below is a bucket of freshly managed blue flax ready for pick-up.