North California and Oregon (non-native)
Fields, woodland, roadsides, disturbed places; often coastal areas
Alternate, linear to narrowly lanceolate; up to one inch long
Linum bienne, pale flax, is a non-native species, originally from Europe, established in north/central California and Oregon, where it is most common in coastal regions, below 3,000 feet. Leaves are short and narrow, essentially linear, and are angled upwards, against the stem. Leaves and stems are hairless.
Flowers are formed of five green, lanceolate to ovate sepals, which have translucent edges, and five larger petals, light blue to light purple in color, with darker lengthwise veins. Petals are about a third of an inch in length. The flower center contains a group of five styles topped by elongated stigmas.