Saxifraga pensylvanica L.
Eastern Swamp Saxifrage
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
Synonym(s): Micranthes pensylvanica, Saxifraga forbesii, Saxifraga pensylvanica ssp. interior, Saxifraga pensylvanica ssp. tenuirostrata, Saxifraga pensylvanica var. forbesii, Saxifraga pensylvanica var. purpuripetala
USDA Symbol: SAPE8
A rosette of long, bluntly lance-shaped leaves surrounds a sticky, hairy stem 1-3 1/2 ft. tall.A stout, hairy, sticky stalk bearing branched clusters (at first compact, later elongated and loose) of small, usually greenish-yellow flowers. Five-petaled flowers occur on short stalks from the top of this stem and may be white, green, yellow or purple.
The young leaves of this large saxifrage can be eaten in salads or as cooked greens. The genus name is from the Latin saxum (a stone) and frangere (to break) and alludes either to the supposed ability of the plant to crack rocks (in the crevices where some members of the genus are found) or to the stone-like bulblets on the roots of a European species. In earlier times, saxifrages were assumed to have medicinal value in dissolving kidney or gallbladder stones.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CT , DE , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON , SK
Native Distribution: S. ME to MN, s. to n.w. NC, WV, IL & MO
Native Habitat: Wet meadows; swamps; boggy thickets; prairies
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Wet to moist, sometimes limey soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Saxifraga pensylvanica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Saxifraga pensylvanica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Saxifraga pensylvanica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-05-02
Research By: TWC Staff