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Boykinia richardsonii

Boykinia richardsonii (Hook.) Rothr.

Richardson's Brookfoam, Alaska Boykinia, Bear Flower

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Synonym(s): Saxifraga richardsonii, Therofon richardsonii

USDA Symbol: BORI2

USDA Native Status: AK (N), CAN (N)

The conspicuous basal leaves are glossy and round, 2-4 in. across with rounded teeth. A 12-24 in. flower stem, with a few small stem leaves, bears a congested spike of showy flowers with white or pale pink petals. The petals are often darkest at the base.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall when flowering.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: AK
Native Distribution: N. & c. AK to n.w. Yukon
Native Habitat: Subalpine forests; tundra meadows; mt. creek banks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.

Propagation

Description: Propagate by seed or division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

Webref 61 - Alaska Wildflowers (2020)
Webref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Boykinia richardsonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Boykinia richardsonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Boykinia richardsonii

Metadata

Record Modified: 2022-12-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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