Saxifraga bronchialis L.
Yellowdot saxifrage, Yellow-spot saxifrage, Matted saxifrage
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
USDA Symbol: sabr6
Yellow-spot saxifrage is a perennial rock cover with evergreen leaves. Leaf shape is extremely variable within the species resulting in plants that appear quite unalike. Leaves can be narrow and sharp-tipped with rigid hairs to rounded and spoon-shaped with soft hairs. Branched, 2-6 in. flowering stems rise above the mat of leaves, each branch terminated by a showy flower. The cream petals are dotted with round spots of varying colors.
A common plant along the mountain trails. The genus name, from the Latin saxum (rock) and frangere (to break), alludes to the species rocky habitat; the plants grow in rock crevices, looking as if they had split the rock. Accordingly, herbalists once used some species in a treatment for stones in the urinary tract.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AK , CO , ID , MT , NM , OR , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: AK to Greenland, s. in mts. to n. OR & NM
Native Habitat: Rock crevices; open, talus slopes; gravelly tundra
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soil.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Saxifraga bronchialis is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Astarte Fritillary |
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PropagationDescription: Best grown from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Saxifraga bronchialis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Saxifraga bronchialis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Saxifraga bronchialis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-06-27
Research By: TWC Staff