The Lovely Plants

Easy Plants for Difficult Spots: Saxifraga

Saxifraga is a large genus of low-growing and evergreen plants that form thick mounds or mats of dense rosettes. Native to sub-arctic and alpine regions, these are perfect plants to grow at cold and shady spots where very plants would survive. The Saxifragas grow naturally in rocks slopes with their penetrating root system that keeps them strongly studded and provides essential moisture and food.

Based on their growing habits, Saxifraga plants are divided in several groups including: Kabschia, Engleria, Porphyrion, Dactyloides, Euaizoonia and others. Most of the species grow quickly and require very good drainage system. A good loamy soil with equal parts of grit, crushed stones, and horticulture-grade sand can be used to grow these plants. Saxifraga plants usually produce clusters of low-growing rosette that serve well as ground covers or as ornamental plants in rockeries, window gardens, containers and dish gardens. Long, erect stalks appear from center of silvery-green rosettes. Flowers are borne on these stalks in winter or early spring. Flowers are white, pink, cream or yellow in color.

Saxifraga Flowers, Image by Randi Hausken

Saxifraga Stolonifera is one of the common and commercially popular species. Usually sold as evergreen perennial for indoor gardens, it grows as dwarf plant and produces attractive foliage and flowers. Also known as Mother-of-Thousands, this lovely plant is a good candidate for hanging baskets as well as dish gardens. Other popular species include: Saxifraga Longifolia, Saxifraga Paniculata and Saxifraga Hypnoides

Saxifraga grow best in well-drained soil and under full to partial shade. Water regularly but avoid overwatering. Here are some excellent photos of these lovely plants for your inspiration.