Saxifraga caespitosa L.
Tufted alpine saxifrage
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC , NT
Native Distribution: Circumboreal, s. from AK in the mts. to n.w. OR & in the Rockies from c. ID & MT to NM & 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
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National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Saxifraga caespitosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Saxifraga caespitosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Saxifraga caespitosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff