Saxifragaceae
Suksdorfia violacea

Violet Suksdorfia

Tuft. Stems and leaves covered with glistening glands. Leaves mostly basal with long petioles, blades round, with 3–5 rounded lobes; stem leaves smaller but with enlarged stipules. Flowers 3/4 in. across in loose cluster, petals violet, rarely white, slightly spreading at tips. Grows in rocky crevices, mossy banks, cliffs, sandy shaded areas, usually where wet. Rare in Oregon. Similar, white-flowered S. ranunculifolia, is intermittently distributed over a wider range, from British Columbia to northern California. Named for Wilhelm Suksdorf (1850–1932) of Bingen, Washington, among the foremost collectors and students of Northwest flora during his time.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--16 inches
  • Habitat: East-Side Forest, Vernal Wet
  • Found In: East Gorge, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes