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Saxifraga mertensiana is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
Saxifraga: from the Latin saxum, "a rock," and frango, "to break," and referring to the fact that by growing in rock crevices they appear to break rocks (contributed by Cynthia Powell)
[pnwflowers.com] Description, Bloom Info, Habitat: Tuft of round leaves, stem erect. Leaves 1 to 4 in. across, with heart-shaped base, irregularly toothed, on noticeably hairy petioles. Flower stem has 1 to 3 leaves near base, widely spreading branches at top. Flowers white, in small few-flowered clusters, petals without spots. Flowers sometimes replaced by bulblets that make new plantlets. Grows in streambanks, on wet mossy rocks, at low to high elevations.
Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
Life Cycle: Perennial
Height: 6 to 16 inches
Habitat: Moist Riverbanks, Subalpine, Alpine, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)
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Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by
public and private institutions and individuals.
[web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California:The Calflora Database
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