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Saxifraga pensylvanica

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: high

Soil Moisture: wet

Soil Description: loam, clay, sand

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white, yellow, purple, green

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: bog plant, culinary herb, edible, pond margin plant, swamp plant

Saxifraga pensylvanica (Pennsylvania saxifrage)
  • Saxifraga pensylvanica (Pennsylvania saxifrage)

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Description

Saxifraga pensylvanica

Also known as:

eastern swamp saxifrage

,

Pennsylvania saxifrage

,

swamp saxifrage

,

wild beet

Scientific Synonyms:

Saxifraga forbesii, Micranthes pensylvanica

Description

Loose flower clusters on branches appear along the upper portion of tall, leafless, hairy stalks. Leaves are lance-like and basal. Saxifraga pensylvanica flowers vary greatly in color. They may have white, yellow, green ,and even in purple hues.

Cultivation

Found in swamps and wet meadows, Pennsylvania saxifrage will grow in a variety of evenly moist or wet soils. It likes light shade, but can be planted in full sun where summers are cooler. A good choice around ponds, or for other garden areas that don't tend to dry out. Blooms in late spring, from April to June. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Propagate by rhizome division when the plant is dormant. Collected seeds need to be cold stratified before planting.

Additional Notes

Young leaves may be used in salads, or as cooked greens. The botanical name of this genus comes from Latin saxum, "a rock" and frago, "to break". Because plants of this genus might be found growing in rocky crevices, they were believed to have the ability to "break rocks".

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IN, TN
  • Historical: KY
  • Special Concern: RI
  • Threatened: ME

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Saxifragaceae Saxifrage family
Genus Saxifraga saxifrage
Species Saxifraga pensylvanica eastern swamp saxifrage