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Saxifraga umbrosa

Saxifragaceae
Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials

SAXIFRAGA

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 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.

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