Discover more than 5000 plants that are found across Canada. MY ACCOUNT
CanPlant
SPECIES > Forbs > Saxifraga oppositifolia

Return to search results


Purple Mountain Saxifrage

( Saxifraga oppositifolia )

ADD PLANT TO LIST

Purple Mountain Saxifrage
Saxifragaceae
Saxifraga
Saxifraga oppositifolia
Linnaeus
Saxifraga oppositifolia ssp. oppositifolia
Characteristics

Wildflower

Deciduous

Partial Shade

Sand, Loam

Dry, Moist

Yes

No

No

No
Habitat Considerations

Northern Arctic, Southern Arctic, Taiga Plains, Taiga Shield, Boreal Shield, Atlantic Maritime, Taiga Cordillera, Boreal Cordillera, Hudson Plains

Riparian, Bog/Fen, Salt Water Shorelines, Alvar, Alpine, Rocky Bluff, Lakeshores, Tundra
Design Considerations

2 cm

5 cm

May - Aug

Red|Purple|Pink

Yes

Yes

Red|Brown




Yes




No
Conservation Status

Yes


Interesting Tidbits

This species may be found at altitudes from sealevel to 4,000 metres. (Flora of North America) In the Arctic, this plant will also grow in moss or peat environments. It has a tendency to become a subshrub cushiony plant as the branches become woody over the years. The leaves are leathery and succulent. This species is usually indicative of harsh environments where there is little competition from other species. The Inuit name is ""aupilattunnguat"". Etymologically it means 'resembling something red'. The flowers which have a pleasant taste, are often eaten in large quantities when they appear early in the growing season. TOO many of the flowers when eaten at once can induce diarrhoea. The flowers are good eaten with blubber (Oootoova.et al 2001). The leaves can be used as tea.


CanPlant assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the contents of the database. While most entries are accurate, errors may occur. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information and we are not responsible for any errors in the information or for any adverse effects relating to the use of the plants or the information. If you notice a problem with the information, please let us know by sending an email so we can correct it.