Saxifraga oppositifolia
Saxifraga oppositifolia
Saxifraga oppositifolia

Saxifraga oppositifolia

Purple Saxifrage

Saxifragaceae

Height

5 cm

Flower colour

pink

Flowering time

April - May

Foliage colour

green

Sunlight

sun

Soil

well drained, gritty, moist

pH

neutral - alkaline

Hardiness

hardy, but tricky in cultivation

Plant range

arctic areas and mountains in the northern hemisphere, Iceland

Saxifraga is the largest genus of the Saxifragaceae family with roughly 440 species spread around temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. The latin name means stone breaking which could refer to many species growing in rock crevices at high altitudes. Other species are larger and grow on moist meadows, but most species, even those growing on cliffs, grow where there is some moisture. A few species are native to Iceland.

Propagation:


Division in spring or fall.


Seed - sown in September - November.

Seed has short viability and should be stored refrigerated until it is sown.

Seed not covered and stored at 20°C (68°F) for 4-6 weeks. If there is no germination in that time, the seed is stored outside until germination. Optimum germination temperature is 5-12°C (41-54°F).

Native plant, common around the country.

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