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Saxifraga paniculata (Lifelong Saxifrage)

Lifelong Saxifrage, Encrusted Saxifrage, Rockfoil, White Mountain Saxifrage, Saxifraga aizoon, Saxifraga malyi


Extremely hardy and long-lived, Saxifraga paniculata (Lifelong Saxifrage) is an evergreen perennial producing a slowly spreading mat of incurved rosettes, 3 in. across (8 cm), of spatulate leaves with forward-pointing teeth and silvery encrustations on the margins. The foliage varies from yellow-green, to cheerful green to darker mid-green. In late spring to early summer, each rosette sends up a single flowering stalk, 12 in. high (30 cm), containing multiple cup-shaped flowers. Flower color is variable, ranging from white to creamy white to pink to yellow sometimes with purple spotting. Easy to grow, Lifelong Saxifrage is not prone to disease, flowers well and its evergreen rosettes are beautifully enhanced by winter frosts. Exceedingly handsome, it is a wonderful subject for rock gardens and pots.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall (15-30 cm) and 8 in. wide (20 cm).
  • Best in partial shade in moderately fertile, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Best with protection from hot afternoon sun.
  • Great choice for rock gardens or containers.
  • Virtually disease free. Keep an eye out for slugs, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite.
  • Propagate by separating rosettes and rooting as cuttings in late spring or early summer.
  • Native to Europe, Caucasus, North America

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 6
Heat Zones 1 – 6
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Saxifraga - Saxifrages
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Northeast, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 6
Heat Zones 1 – 6
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Saxifraga - Saxifrages
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Northeast, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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