Greek linon — flax, anthos — flower, referring to the similarity of flowers in this genus to those of Linum.
Annual or perennial upright or spreading herbs to about 0.5 m tall. Leaves alternate or opposite, simple, palmate or pinnate with 3-11 lobes. Flower clusters in either an open flat-topped head or dense cluster. Sepals deeply cut and generally with a transparent margin. Corolla white, yellow or blue. Fruit a cylindrical to ellipsoid capsule.
Upright or spreading herbs with leaves opposite, at least at the base; stamens attached at the same level in the flower tube.
35 species from W North America and Chile.
Source: (2002). Polemoniaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.