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Micranthes micranthidifolia [= Saxifraga micranthidifolia]

Branch-lettuce, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

Scientific Name:

Micranthes micranthidifolia [= Saxifraga micranthidifolia]

Genus:

Micranthes

Species Epithet:

micranthidifolia

Common Name:

Branch-lettuce, Brook Lettuce, Mountain Lettuce, Lettuceleaf Saxifrage

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Wet soils of seepages, in the beds of high elevation brooks, brookbanks; rocky seepages. A Southern and Central Appalachian endemic (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

Notes:

"Micranthes micranthidifolia (formerly Saxifraga micranthidifolia). This plant is gathered in considerable quantities as a spring green in the mountains of our area, and can sometimes be seen for sale in local grocery stores. The common name refers to the plant's habitat; "branches" are mountain streams." Weakley 2015

Habitat

mountain weeps

image

Tom Harville

Plant

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Tom Harville

Blooms

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Tom Harville
Apr 2011

Blooms Close up

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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