NARGS Plant of the Month

Saxifraga oppositifolia

Description and General Information:

Purple mountain saxifrage, S. oppositifolia, has a holarctic distribution, found on high-alpine mountaintops as well as the high Arctic tundra. Plants form tiny evergreen rosettes on trailing stems, forming flat mats. The foliage is lime-encrusted, opposite and held in four-rows. The solitary, 1 cm diameter flowers are various shades of pink to purple. They bloom within weeks of snow-melt in the wild while in cultivation, they bloom March to May.

Saxifraga oppositifoliaSaxifraga oppositifolia

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