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Saxifraga caespitosa

Saxifraga caespitosa L.

Tufted Alpine Saxifrage

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Synonym(s): Saxifraga cespitosa

USDA Symbol: saca50

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

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit: Brown
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: 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

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: Best grown from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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