Saxifragaceae
Leptarrhena pyrolifolia

Leatherleaf Saxifrage

Erect, unbranched flowering stems, basal rosette. Leaves 1–4 in. long, oblong, round-toothed, leathery, evergreen, deep green above, lighter green beneath. Flower stems reddish, 8–16 in., topped with clusters of white flowers in red calyxes, aging to bright red seed heads (most often seen this way, as pictured). Grows in streambanks, mossy seeps, meadows, in subalpine and alpine.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--16 inches
  • Habitat: Alpine, Subalpine
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes