Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Pennsylvania Saxifrage (Saxifraga pensylvanica)
- Family: Saxifrage (Saxifragaceae)
- Flowering: April-June.
- Field Marks: This species is distinguished by its rosette of lanceolate to broadly elliptic, toothed or wavy-edged leaves and its panicle of small greenish white flowers.
- Habitat: Wet meadows.
- Habit: Perennial herb with a thickened rootstock.
- Stems: Erect, arising from the middle of the cluster of basal leaves, hairy, up to 3 feet tall, bearing only flowers.
- Leaves: All basal, lanceolate to broadly elliptic, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, usually toothed or wavy-edged, usually sparsely hairy, up to 8 inches long.
- Flowers: Borne in few-flowered racemes, greenish white, up to 1/4 inch across.
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, pointing downward.
- Petals: 5, greenish white, up to 1/8 inch long.
- Stamens: 10.
- Pistils: Ovary 2-parted, beaked.
- Fruits: A pair of beaked follicles up to 1/6 inch long.
Previous Species -- Swamp Dock (Rumex verticillatus)
Return to Species List -- Group 8
Next Species -- Golden Ragwort (Senecio aureus)