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Early Saxifrage

Saxifraga virginiensis


Perennial herb. A hairy floral stalk, rising from a rosette of basal leaves, has branched clusters of fragrant white flowers. Ontario to New Brunswick; south through New England to Georgia; west to Tennessee, Missouri; north to Minnesota.


It is native to eastern and central North America. This species flowers in the spring and is usually found growing on rocks, cliffs, or logs. This one was photographed at Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve in North Augusta (Aiken County), SC.


It's also called Virginia Saxifrage. The pubescent stem is thought to deter ground insects from reaching its flowers, which would be less effective for pollination than flying insects.

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North Augusta, South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Mar 17, 2013
Submitted on Mar 22, 2013

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