Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mossy Saxifrage

Mossy Saxifrage does very well in Juneau (Zone 7) and makes an excellent rock garden plant.
I’m beginning to wonder if my Saxifrage plants like their location a little too much, they’re starting to dwarf the bleeding hearts with 12 to 15 inch stems. I notice a couple of them have brown centers about the size of a golf ball, which tells me it’s time to divide and conquer. This gives me some time between now and next spring to find a place for transplants or some friends and neighbors who would like some plants.

A few of my Saxifrage plants have finished blooming so I best find my clipper and pull up some ground. The seedpods that form can also be planted. I made the mistake of not tidying up a few of these plants one summer and ended up with a million leg, spider looking blob of slim (very wet summer that year). Unfortunately that meant they starting coming in the paths and yard since I forgot to remove the seedpods. Once I trim the flowers back, to the base of the plants, they look like nice little, mossy evergreens.
Common Name: Mossy Saxifrage
Scientific Name: Saxifraga
Plant Type: Perennial
Flower Color: Pink, Red, White
Height: 6 to 9 inches
Width: 1 foot
Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade
Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, and 9
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2 comments:

Kim said...

Oooo, you've given me an idea for the side yard (that my Bleeding Hearts seem to LOVE). These are gorgeous. I wonder if I can get seeds here for them. Wonderful shot!
-Kim

Pat said...

I really like the combination of the red (newer?) and viloet (older?) saxifrage blossoms in your photo--so prettty!