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?
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.
Sounds like it is NOT FOR ME...I have mostly shade but not lean well drained soil. Tell me about saxafraga purple robe...I just got this and have NEVER had one. It doesn't look anything like yours but ...what do you think? Todd?
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.