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Micranthes virginiensis [= Saxifraga virginiensis]

Early Saxifrage

Scientific Name:

Micranthes virginiensis [= Saxifraga virginiensis]

Genus:

Micranthes

Species Epithet:

virginiensis

Common Name:

Early 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:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Rock outcrops, moist alluvial and slope forests, streambanks, riverbanks (Weakley 2015). Common in NC mountains and Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

"This early spring wildflower can be planted shaded rock gardens." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Plants

image

© Tom Harville, 2005

Blooming Plants

The following two pictures are from the Randleman Dam Rescue operation - two years later. :)

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Raleigh, April 2006
© Bobby J. Ward

Closeup of Blooms

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Raleigh, April 2006
© Bobby J. Ward

On a large rock out crop at Raven Rock State Park

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March 28, 2008
© Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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