Saxifraga occidentalis

Western Saxifrage

Basal rosette of leaves, erect flower stem. Leaves oval, 1–3 in. long, leathery, with coarse, evenly spaced teeth; immature leaves with reddish hairs on underside. Flower stem often reddish, hairy on lower section, glandular above, many branches with clusters of numerous flowers. Flowers with oval to widely oval petals, white or pale pink with no spots; pollen orange. Grows in moist to dry openings with moss or grass from near sea level to subalpine. A variable species with several named varieties best separated with a technical manual.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 4--10 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Meadow, Subalpine
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier Np, Wallowas, N Cascades Np, West Gorge, East Gorge
  • Native: Yes