Linum catharticum
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Linaceae
Genus: Linum
L. catharticum
Binomial name
Linum catharticum
  • Cathartolinum catharticum (L.) Small
  • Cathartolinum pratense Rchb. nom. illeg.
  • Nezera cathartica (L.) Nieuwl.

Linum catharticum, also known as purging flax,[2] or fairy flax, is an herbaceous flowering plant in the family Linaceae, native to Great Britain,[3]Iceland,[4] central Europe and Western Asia. It is an annual plant and blooms in July and August.

It is a known host of the pathogenic fungus flax rust (Melampsora lini).[4]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Lardon Chase" (PDF). Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Native flora recorded from postal district CO4 (Colchester area north)". The Postcode Plant Database. Natural History Museum. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Helgi Hallgrímsson & Guðríður Gyða Eyjólfsdóttir (2004). Íslenskt sveppatal I - smásveppir [Checklist of Icelandic Fungi I - Microfungi. Fjölrit Náttúrufræðistofnunar. Náttúrufræðistofnun Íslands [Icelandic Institute of Natural History]. ISSN 1027-832X