Saxifraga cernua

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Saxifraga cernua
Saxifraga cernua Dropingsaxifrage-1.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Saxifragaceae
Genus: Saxifraga
S. cernua
Binomial name
Saxifraga cernua

Saxifraga cernua, the drooping saxifrage, nodding saxifrage or bulblet saxifrage, is a flower common all over the High Arctic. It stretches further south in mountainous areas of the Alps, Norway, Iceland, Siberia and Alaska.

It grows to 10–20 cm tall, the stem having 3–7 leaves. The basal and lower stern leaves are kidney-shaped, 3–5 lobed on long petioles. The flowers are mostly single, terminal, petals white, much longer than the sepals. Reproduction by means of brownish-red bulbils in the axils of the upper stem leaves.

This plant grows in moist sandy and mossy places, on ledges and in snow beds.

It became a protected species in the UK in 1975 under the Conservation of Wild Creatures and Wild Plants Act.[1]


Saxifraga cernua