Early Saxifrage

Early saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis, formerly Saxifraga virginiensis) is one of the first native plants to flower in our rock garden. A seedling early saxifrage, basal rosette hardly larger than a nickel, was large enough to provide nectar for a tiny blue butterfly, a spring azure. I love native plants for their connections to their natural world.

Seedling early saxifrage/
Seedling early saxifrage.
Spring azure on flowers of early saxiftage.
Spring azure on flowers of early saxiftage.

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Trish Murphy

Artist: botanical, still life, and natural history illustration. Garden designer: native plants and naturalistic gardens

2 thoughts on “Early Saxifrage”

  1. I agree, Trish. Native plants are wonderful and this little one is very pretty indeed. We just got back from Ottawa and were outside seeing what’s coming up. So far, so good. Everything looks healthy but lots of weeding needed. What else is new?!


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