Taxon  Report   7364    
Saxifraga mertensiana  Bong.
Wood saxifrage
Saxifraga mertensiana
© 2004 Norman Jensen
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Saxifraga mertensiana
© 2004 Norman Jensen
Saxifraga mertensiana
© 2014 Barry Rice
Saxifraga mertensiana, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Saxifraga mertensiana
© 2009 Genevieve K. Walden
Genus: Saxifraga
Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Saxifraga mertensiana var. eastwoodiae
More information about  Saxifraga mertensiana
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).