Micranthes virginiensis (Michx.) Small

Early Saxifrage

Micranthes virginiensis plant

Family - Saxifragaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Micranthes virginiensis stemStem.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Micranthes virginiensis basalsBasal rosette of leaves.

Micranthes virginiensis basalsBasal leaves in late summer.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Micranthes virginiensis inflorescenceInflorescence.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Micranthes virginiensis calyxCalyx.

Micranthes virginiensis flowerFlower close-up.

Micranthes virginiensis flowersFlowers.

Flowering - February - June.

Habitat - Moist wooded ledges, bluffs, rocky glades.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This striking species is found in the central and eastern Ozark regions of Missouri. The plant grows to about 40cm in height but can bloom when quite small.
M. virginiensis is easy to ID in the field because of its brilliant white flowers, hairy stems, and its basal rosette of leaves. The plant grows well from seed and would make an excellent rock garden subject.
Another name for the plant is Saxifraga virginiensis.

Photographs taken in Pilot Mountain State Park, NC., 3-9-03, and in Umstead State Park, NC., 3-23-03 (DETenaglia); also in Pickle Springs Natural Area, Ste. Genevieve County, MO, 4-26-2014, and Silver Mines Recreation Area, Madison County, MO, 4-3-2016 (SRTurner).