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Saxifraga mertensiana (Wood saxifrage)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Saxifraga mertensiana

Saxifraga mertensiana Bong.

Wood Saxifrage

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Synonym(s): Saxifraga mertensiana var. eastwoodiae

USDA Symbol: SAME7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Nearly circular leaves with hairy stalks in a basal cluster around a taller, branched flower stalk bearing tiny white flowers.

The tiny bulbs that replace some flowers can grow into new plants when they drop to the ground.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , CA , ID , MT , OR , WA
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Alaska south to central California, northeastern Oregon, central Idaho, and western Montana.
Native Habitat: Wet banks and along streams in coniferous woods.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (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 Saxifraga mertensiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Saxifraga mertensiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Saxifraga mertensiana


Record Modified: 2023-05-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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