FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Saxifraga oppositifolia, purple saxifrage

Saxifraga oppositifolia; the purple saxifrage is a spring flower which can be found flowering latest early June but already starts blooming in early April. Summer visitors are not likely to notice this plant easily because the leaves are minute. They grow commonly in rocky areas where the form mats where possible but also have trailing single stems, especially along cracks in rocks. It is a member of the saxifrage family (Saxifragaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Vetrarblóm.

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Flowers of the Purple Saxifrage
Creeping stems
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Flowers of the Purple Saxifrage

Creeping stems

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