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Saxifraga caespitosa L.
Tufted alpine saxifrage
Synonym(s): Saxifraga cespitosa
USDA Symbol: saca50
This species is extremely variable, due in part to local ecological conditions. High elevation, exposed plants are compact and short-stemmed. Low elevation or sheltered plants tend to be longer stemmed and more loosely branched. Generally this is a tufted plant with leaves tightly bundled in small whorls. The leaves are wedge-shaped with three divisions at the tips. One to several white, five-petaled flowers top the branch ends.
Only the leaves on the lower stem are evergreen, persisting for several years.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit:
Brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WY Canada: BC
, NT Native Distribution:
Circumboreal, s. from AK
in the mts. to n.w. OR
& in the Rockies from c. ID
& AZ Native Habitat:
Ciffs; rock crevices; rocky slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Best grown from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff