Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zones vary by species.
Regular Water


Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials

These creeping groundcovers from North America and Europe need good drainage and light soil; they rot easily in soggy soil. Although exacting in their requirements, forms offered by specialists are among the choicest of rock garden plants.

Saxifraga stolonifera
Saxifraga stolonifera

Click to Enlarge

Saxifraga stolonifera

Native to China and Japan. Creeping plant forms a rosette to 6–8 in. high and 1 ft. wide, but expands fairly rapidly, sending out runners like strawberry. Nearly round green leaves to 4 in. across have white veins, pink undersides. Blooms from late summer to fall, bearing inch-wide white flowers in loose clusters on stems to 2 ft. high. ‘Maroon Beauty’ leaves have maroon markings. Good groundcover where hard freezes are infrequent. Partial or full shade.

Saxifraga umbrosa

Native to the Pyrenees. Tongue-shaped, shiny green leaves to 1 1/2 in. long form a foot-wide rosette only a few inches high. Blooms in spring, bearing open clusters of tiny pink flowers on wine red, 1-ft.-high stalks. S. u. primuloides is a dwarf form. Good groundcover for small shady areas; effective near rocks and stream beds. This species is sometimes wrongly called London pride.

You Might Also Like...

Alchemilla mollis ‘Thriller’

Shiny, gray-green leaves contrast nicely with golden yellow blooms on a plant that can reach...


These Southeast Asian natives are feather palms with huge, finely divided leaves made up of leaflets f...


Sprawling plants that bloom over a long season, bearing phlox-like clusters of blue or white flowers a...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More