Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: low, medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: average, gravel/rock
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
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Saxifraga virginiensisAlso known as:
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.
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
Propagate from seed.
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
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
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