Suksdorfia violacea A. Gray
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)
USDA Symbol: SUVI
A slender, delicate plant with few branches at top bearing several deep pink or violet, funnel-shaped flowers.
Wilhelm Nikolaus Suksdorf, whom the genus and common names honor, was one of the foremost plant collectors of the Pacific Northwest around the turn of the 20th century. The only other species, Buttercup-leaved Suksdorfia (S. ranunculifolia), found from British Columbia south to California and east to Montana, has white petals; its five stamens and broad leafstalk bases (especially of the stem leaves) distinguish it from similar species of Saxifraga, which have 10 stamens and narrow leafstalk bases.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Reniform
Leaf Venation: Palmate
Leaf Margin: Lobed
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: 4 to 8" in height.
Leaf: Basal leaves with long petioles are normally withered by flowering. Stem leaves are mostly sessile with large, lobed, leaf-like stipules.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Flower color is deep ping to pastel pink to pastel lavender. Stamens and pistils are completely inserted in the floral tube.
DistributionUSA: ID , MT , OR , WA
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to northern Oregon and east to northern Idaho and northwestern Montana.
Native Habitat: Moist, sandy, shaded areas, mossy banks, cliffs, and rock crevices.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Suksdorfia violacea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Suksdorfia violacea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Suksdorfia violacea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-07-05
Research By: JAM