Saxifraga virginiensis Michx. - Early Saxifrage

Saxifraga virginiensis plant

Family - Saxifragaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Saxifraga virginiensis stemStem.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Saxifraga virginiensis basalsBasal rosette of leaves.

Saxifraga virginiensis basalsBasal leaves in late summer.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Saxifraga virginiensis calyxCalyx.

Saxifraga virginiensis flowerFlower close-up.

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.
S. 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.

Photographs taken in Pilot Mountain State Park, NC., 3-9-03, and in Umstead State Park, NC., 3-23-03.