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Saxifraga stolonifera - Meeburgh.

Common Name Strawberry Saxifrage, Creeping Saxifrage, Strawberry Geranium, Strawberry Begonia
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness 6-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Shady cliffs and mossy rocks at low altitudes[187]. Occasionally naturalized on walls in C. and S. Europe[50].
Range E. Asia - W. China, Japan. Naturalized in C. and S. Europe[50].
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Saxifraga stolonifera Strawberry Saxifrage, Creeping Saxifrage, Strawberry Geranium, Strawberry Begonia


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Saxifraga stolonifera Strawberry Saxifrage, Creeping Saxifrage, Strawberry Geranium, Strawberry Begonia
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Summary

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


Physical Characteristics

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Saxifraga stolonifera is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

S. sarmentosa.

Habitats

 Ground Cover; Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Stem.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[105, 177]. Relished in Japan when parboiled or fried and used in salads[183]. Flowering stem - said to be tasty when salted[183].

Medicinal Uses



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Antibacterial;  Antiphlogistic;  Depurative;  Febrifuge.

Antibacterial, antiphlogistic[174]. There are growth-promoting substances in the leaves[174]. The whole plant is depurative, febrifuge and suppurative[147, 218]. Its use promotes the drainage of pus[147]. A decoction is used in the treatment of boils and abscesses, poisonous snakebites, otitis media, acute attacks of convulsions and haematemesis[147]. The leaf juice is applied to aching ears, abscesses and inflammations[218].

Other Uses

Can be grown as a ground cover plant in a shady position[188]. Plants should be spaced about 45cm apart each way[208].

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]. Thrives on heavy soils in the milder areas of the country[208]. Usually thrives in a poor soil with a northerly aspect[1]. Grows well in light woodland[200] or in a shady position in a rock garden. The plant is hardy to about -10°c[187]. The leaves and the flowers, however, are liable to be damaged by autumn frosts[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is sometimes grown as a house plant[200]. A polymorphic species[1], it is closely related to S. cortusifolia, differing in having runners[200]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.

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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

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

Tim Williams   Thu Feb 26 2009

This plant is most easily propagated by runners, much like spider plants and strawberries.

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