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Saxifraga bronchialis L.
Yellowdot saxifrage, Yellow-spot saxifrage, Matted saxifrage
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WY Canada: AB 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
PropagationDescription: Best grown from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2012-05-09
Research By: TWC Staff