I took this photo the other day but since then the centre of the plant is starting to elongate which hopefully means a flower. Does anyone know what it will look like? After flowering will I lose the plant - it only has one rosette?
S. longifolia is monocarpic...it is absolutely spectacular when in bloom...a giant among the saxs, but try to save some seed. How old is the plant? They often take 4-5 years to reach maturity.
I hope you can get to save some seed Ann as it's a lovely plant. Todd yours is stunning!
These are all wonderful Todd. Thanks for posting. I shall be looking out for more of these on my nursery trip!
I grow them in the shade. Otherwise, they'd croak on the first day of true California sun. They have to be in a super-lean medium in the shade, though. I use cactus potting soil mixed with grit and aquarium sand, and I pick out any leaves as soon as they fall in the trough from the overhanging trees, because they could add too much rich stuff to the planting medium.
Yes yours is a different type of saxifraga - I'm just learning about them too. Todd's your man!
Purple Robe is a mossy saxifrage....part shade is ideal. They are generally easy. In Maryland you should be able to get away with the encrusted saxs but probably not the kabschia types. Encrusted need very well drained soil...Purple Robe will be happy in a more organic woodland mix.