Saxifraga adscendens
wedge-leaf saxifrage

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in northern Washington and possibly in the Olympic Mountains; Alaska to Nevada, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Glacial moraines and alpine gravelly meadows.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Apomixis, bees, flies


Biennials, sometimes behaving as winter annual. Solitary or tufted stems, not stoloniferous, with caudex.


Leaves are both basal and cauline; basal leaves are persistent and compact. Petiole absent (cuneate base, but only petiole-like). Blade are oblanceolate to obovate, (2-)3(-5)-toothed or shallowly lobed apically, and rarely unlobed, lobes direct forward, (2-)4-15 mm, leaf body is slightly fleshy, margins are entire, and the apex is obtuse.


(2-)6-15(-40)-flowered thyrses, (1-)4-25 cm, densely purple-tipped stipitate-glandular; bracts sessile.


Sepals are erect, (usually reddish-purple), ovate or deltoid to oblong, margins stipitate glandular-ciliate, surfaces stipitate-glandular. Petals are white, not spotted, obovate to oblanceolate shape, (2-)3-6 mm, equaling or longer than sepals. Ovary inferior, 2n=22.

Accepted Name:
Saxifraga adscendens L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 405. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Muscaria adscendens (L.) Small
Saxifraga adscendens L. ssp. oregonensis (Raf.) Bacig. [KZ99, VPBC3]
Saxifraga adscendens L. var. oregonensis (Raf.) Breitung [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Saxifraga adscendens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Saxifraga adscendens checklist entry

OregonFlora: Saxifraga adscendens information

E-Flora BC: Saxifraga adscendens atlas page

CalPhotos: Saxifraga adscendens photos

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