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●● Sax­ifrage

The sax­ifrage (or sax­ifraga) is the low-grow­ing stal­wart of rock gar­dens and scree beds in late spring, when a mass of del­i­cate star or saucer-shaped flow­ers in shades from white to rose and indigo ap­pear above mounds of ground-hug­ging fo­liage.

There are more than 400 species, in­clud­ing ev­er­green, semiev­er­green and de­cid­u­ous peren­ni­als and bi­en­ni­als.

As well as be­ing grown in rock gar­dens, they are also grown in alpine troughs or used to soften walls and paving.

Most pre­fer moist, well-drained soil in sun or par­tial shade.

Good types in­clude Sax­ifraga Ap­ple Blos­som, a pink type which is great to grow in crevices and bor­ders, and Tum­bling Wa­ters, a white va­ri­ety.

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