Saxifraga rotundifolia

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Saxifraga rotundifolia
Saxifragaceae - Saxifraga rotundifolia.jpg
Flowers of Saxifraga rotundifolia at the Giardino Botanico Alpino Chanousia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Saxifragaceae
Genus: Saxifraga
Species: S. rotundifolia
Binomial name
Saxifraga rotundifolia

Saxifraga rotundifolia, common name round-leaved saxifrage,[1] is a flowering herb and alpine plant of the genus Saxifraga.


  • Saxifraga rotundifolia subsp. heucherifolia (Grisebach & Schrenk.) Ciocarlan
  • Saxifraga rotundifolia subsp. rotundifolia


Saxifraga rotundifolia can reach a height of 20–50 centimetres (7.9–19.7 in). This perennial herbaceous plant has fleshy leaves arranged in dense basal rosette. They are petiolate (up to 10 cm), up to 5 cm across, dark green, hairy, simple, rounded or almost heart-shaped, bordered by numerous triangular notches. The flowering stems are erect, pubescent, branched at the top, bearing narrow panicles of star-shaped flowers. These flowers have five lanceolate petals, usually white with numerous minute pink-purple specks. They bloom from April to August.


This species is present in the central and southern Europe in the Iberian Peninsula, the Alps and the Balkans.


Saxifraga rotundifolia prefers shady forests, damps, cliffs, stony soils and margins of streams at elevation of 700–2,200 metres (2,300–7,200 ft) above sea level.


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.