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Micranthes pensylvanica [= Saxifraga pensylvanica]

Eastern Swamp Saxifrage

Scientific Name:

Micranthes pensylvanica [= Saxifraga pensylvanica]

Genus:

Micranthes

Species Epithet:

pensylvanica

Common Name:

Eastern Swamp Saxifrage

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow, Green, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Forested seeps and seepage swamps, fens, usually over mafic or calcareous rocks (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains and Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Assigned

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

E: Endangered (*Key)

In bloom in a mountain bog

Swamp Saxifrage can be up to 3 feet tall.

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Paynter, May 2012

Flowers

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Leaves

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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