West Highland Flora

Purple Saxifrage

Saxifraga Oppositifolia


Saxifraga Oppositifolia

Photo Patrick Butler
Quiraing, Skye

Frequent on damp mountain rocks, also sometimes found at foot of mountains growing from seeds washed down by burns.

Flower diameter c 12-15 mm

ID: Flower colour unique among saxifrages.

Other features: Leaves very densely packed, a dark blue-green colour, often secreting lime at the tip.  Flowers very early in the year, but may produce a few bonus flowers later in the summer.


Saxifraga Oppositifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye

Fruit capsules

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