Saxifragaceae
Saxifraga bronchialis

Spotted Saxifrage

Matted cushion, somewhat moss-like, upright flower stems. Basal leaves small, evergreen, oblong with bristles on edges, spine at tip, tightly overlapping to form rosettes; stem leaves well spaced, alternate the length of flower stem. Flowers 3–5 at stem top, white with yellow, orange, purple, or maroon spots on outer half of petals. Grows in rocky openings on cliffs, scree, crevices, in subalpine and alpine areas. Saxifraga tolmiei grows in similar habitats and is also mat-forming, with stonecrop-like leaves, but has shorter flower stems and no spots on petals.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 2--6 inches
  • Habitat: Alpine, Subalpine
  • Found In: West Gorge, Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Wallowas, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes