Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

World Boreal Trees

Terminology | Pictorial

Saxifraga oppositifolia
Purple Mountain Saxifrage
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

A dense, little cushion plant, growing to a height of 5 cm in a tuft 20 cm wide.


Purple Mountain Saxifrage Distinguishing Features - Leaves: oval, often maroon-tinged, >3 mm long, opposite, in 4 rows on stem, strongly overlapping, the edged with stiff, short hairs. Flowers: reddish-lavender, 6 mm wide; 5 erect, spatula-shaped petals; 10 stamens; pistil with 2 projections at top, each tipped with a tiny knob. Fruit: a capsule with laterally winged seeds.


Native to Northern Hemisphere; Rocky Mountains and other northern mountain regions; in rocky areas and crevices.


The richly colored flowers of the Purple Mountain Saxifrage stand it apart from others of this family, which are commonly white.

Return to Top of Page

Home | Forest Capital of Canada | About Our Website |
Ontario's North (West) Forest | Boreal Forests of the World | North (West) Forest Industry |
World Links and Resources | "Forest Finder" Search Engine | Educational Resources |
What's Happening | Contacts | Site Map |