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Saxifraga 'Southside Seedling'

Saxifrage

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (30325)

Plant details

This is a mat-forming saxifrage that is an excellent plant for the rock garden. It forms a large rosette of very pale green leaves heavily encrusted with silvery deposits. The encrustation is limestone exuded by the leaves, hence the need for chalky soil. After several years when it reaches full size, the plant flowers, producing arching plumes of tiny white flowers, heavily spotted with red. This display continues for several weeks, then the parent plant slowly dies off. Usually a legacy of self-sown seedlings will start to appear, although these may be hybrids with other saxifrages.

Family: Saxifragaceae

Genus: Saxifraga

Cultivar: Southside Seedling

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: May to June


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