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Saxifraga virginiensis

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: low, medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, gravel/rock

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: edible, fragrant flowers, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Saxifraga virginiensis (early saxifrage)
  • Saxifraga virginiensis (early saxifrage)
  • Saxifraga virginiensis (early saxifrage)
  • Saxifraga virginiensis (early saxifrage)
  • Saxifraga virginiensis (early saxifrage)

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Description

Saxifraga virginiensis

Also known as:

early saxifrage

,

Virginia saxifrage

,

branch lettuce

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

The toothed leaves of Saxifraga virginiensis form a basal rosette from which hairy, erect 12 inch stems emerge in spring. These bear branched clusters of small, 5-petaled, fragrant white flowers.

Cultivation

Early saxifrage grows on rocky slopes, ledges and bluffs. It makes a nice addition to shaded parts of a rock garden. This species grows in dry areas but is tolerant of moist conditions so long as the soil is well drained. Blooms in April, May or June, depending on geographic location. Zones 2-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

Additional Notes

In early spring the young leaves may be harvested and used in salads. 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:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IL
  • Rare: IN
  • Special Concern: RI

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 virginiensis early saxifrage