A very ornamental plant. It normally self-sows freely.
A good fibre is obtained from the stems, it is inferior to flax (Linum usitatissimum) but is used for making cloth, nets, string, baskets, mats etc and in paper making.
A drying oil is obtained from the seed. Used mainly for lighting, though it could also be used in all the ways that linseed oil (from Linum usitatissimum) is used - in paints, varnishes etc.
An infusion of the whole plant is used as a hair and skin wash. It is said to be very beneficial to the skin and also to help prevent hair loss.
Prefers a light dry well-drained moderately fertile humus-rich soil in a sunny sheltered position. Prefers an alkaline soil. Established plants are drought tolerant.
Sow spring in greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.