Saxifraga nivalis

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Saxifraga nivalis, Linn. Two to 6 in. high: rhizome rather terete, short and simple but thick and hard, crowned with a tuft of lvs.: lvs. rather thick and leathery, roundish-ovate, generally abruptly narrowed to the petioles, obtuse, sharply crenate-serrate, upper surface dark green, under surface purple or red and often pubescent; bracts broad, purple or red: infl. composed of cymules aggregated into one or more terminal conspicuously bracted heads and borne on erect solitary or clustered purple or purple-tinged scapes which are glandular-viscid especially above: fls. white, very short-pedicelled or sessile; sepals ovate or deltoid-ovate, obtuse, ciliate; petals oblong to elliptic, mostly obtuse, narrowed into claw-like bases or scarcely so. June, July. Circumboreal, including N. Great Britain. B.B. 2:174; (ed. 2) 2:218 (as Micranthes nivalis). CH

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