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Saxifraga fortunei - Hook.f.

Common Name Saxifrage
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet shaded rocks by streams in the mountains and down to sea-level in the north of its range[187]. Forests and rock crevices at elevations of 2200 - 2900 metres in Hubei, S Jilin and Liaoning[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea, Siberia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Saxifraga fortunei Saxifrage


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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Late fall. Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Saxifraga fortunei is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; North Wall. In. East Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - cooked[105]. They are added to soups or cooked with rice[177].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Alpine garden, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Woodland garden. Prefers a cool position in a moist humus-rich soil[1]. Prefers an acid soil[200]. Grows well in light woodland[200] or in a shady position in a rock garden. The plant is hardy to at least -15°c[187], the leaves and the flowers, however, are liable to be damaged by autumn frosts[200]. A polymorphic species[58], there are several named forms selected for their ornamental value[187]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Naturalizing.

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame in the spring. Surface sow, or only just cover the seed, and make sure that the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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PD Tovey   Sat Jan 3 2009

An unusual and very attractive plant indeed, which should be grown a good deal more than it is. Commonly has reddish, red or purple coloured leaf stems, and deeply reddish purple to the underside of the leaves. Will grow well in a small patio container, and looks good in a dwarf blue glazed pot, but would look equally at home in a small wooden barrel, or even a contemporary container. Responds well to a weekly liquid feed during the growing season (April - October) Leaf colour of richer shaded leaves is better with some sunshine, preferably early or late in the day, or in dappled sunlight provided by deciduous trees, even by dawrf Acers in nearby containers for instance. This plant is herbaceous, and will gradually die back after several hard frosts, usually around the New Year, but will reappear around April.

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