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Saxifraga caespitosa L.
Tufted alpine saxifrage
USDA Symbol: saca50
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
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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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff