March 22 and this native is just about ready to pop! It is growing in the the alpine house at work so more protected than those outside. Might be open tomorrow if it gets warm enough.
Is this compact form typical from your area, Todd? Here they often are more loose.
Our local forms are quite different from the European forms...yes, ours are generally tufted and tight, not loose and spreading.
Saxifraga oppositifolia is now open...this one is much paler than most I've seen.
Unusual color, yes.
I don't have S. oppositifolia in my garden but when I drive to Oslo over the mountains it is common along the road.
Here is another S. oppositifolia growing in the alpine house at work.
Helps to add the pic!
Wow, seems late-blooming for one of these guys! I visited the most spectacular alpine garden that I know of today (WOW!) as part of the local alpine garden club's open gardens program, and it appeared all the S. oppositifolia had bloomed already. We almost always miss them in the wild too! (I guess maybe this year we should do a few earlier, snowy slogs up to the alpine zone?)