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Saxifrage, advice on caring for it


Saxifrage is a beautiful little perennial that blooms for most of the year depending on the variety.

Key Saxifrage facts:

Name: Saxifraga
Family: Saxifragaceae
Type: perennial

Height: 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm)
Exposure: full sun and part sun depending on variety

Soil: ordinary  –  Flowering: February to August depending on variety

Along edges, as ground cover or to the side of a perennial flower bed, it will look magnificent.

Planting saxifrage

Planting saxifrageSaxifrage is a beautiful very hardy herbaceous flower that loves to meander among rocks and stones.

  • Rocky ground and old walls is the setting it likes best.

Saxifrage loves sun but will thrive most if the sun isn’t too hot. Light shade is great, too.

  • Favor planting in fall in garden soil amended with soil mix.
  • You can nonetheless plant up until spring, but ensure regular watering at the beginning.

Pruning saxifrage

It doesn’t need any pruning. Deadheading won’t trigger new blooming, but it will return the mound to a nicer, tidier look.

Learn more about saxifrage

This hardy ground cover has been known to host innumerable colors and shapes through its many varieties, and it is very easy to grow and care for.

Rock gardens, flower beds and also garden boxes or along a wall are where it will be at its best.

  • One of the most famous varieties is the famous ‘Dovedale’ hypnoides variety which bears flowers that carpet the ground beautifully.
  • A pink-flowered variety that’s easy to care for is ‘Touran pink’, a Saxifraga hybrid called S. x arendsii (it’s also called “moss saxifrage”).
  • Finally, a variety with fresh green leaves and elegant, tall white flowers is the ‘London Pride’, a type of S. umbrosa saxifrage that loves shade.

Smart tip about saxifrage

Its hardiness means it only needs little care. Simply water in case of drought.

Images: Pixabay: Cornelia Gerhardt, Jaqueline Henning
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