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PlantFiles: Tufted Alpine Saxifrage
Saxifraga caespitosa

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Family: Saxifragaceae (saks-ih-frag-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Saxifraga (saks-if-FRAG-uh) (Info)
Species: caespitosa (kess-pi-TOH-suh) (Info)

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Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Perennials

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Todd_Boland On Dec 1, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is one of the wild 'mossy' saxifrages, native to arctic and subarctic areas of the northern hemisphere. The small plants have soft, yellow-green to lime green rosettes and nearly stemless dirty-white flowers. Not particularly gardenworthy, but surprisingly easy to grow. They are best enjoyed in the wild.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska



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