E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Saxifraga aizoides L.
evergreen saxifrage (yellow mountain saxifrage; yellow saxifrage)
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)

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Distribution of Saxifraga aizoides
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from branched stem-bases, matted; stems numerous, ascending to erect, the flowering stems 5-14 cm tall, glandular-hairy, at least above.
Basal leaves narrowly oblong to linear, 5-15 mm long, 1 mm wide, fleshy, smooth or sparsely fringed, spine-tipped, unstalked; stem leaves alternate, similar to the basal, to 2 mm wide.
Inflorescence a terminal, few-flowered cluster with several bracts; petals yellow, some with orange spots, linear-oblong, 4-6 mm long; calyces joined to ovary for about 1 mm, the free hypanthium absent, the calyx lobes 5, triangular egg-shaped, 3-4 mm long, spreading, greenish; stamens 10 (11-12).
Capsules, 4-6 mm long; seeds wrinkled.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist stream banks, gravel bars and talus slopes in the montane to alpine zones; frequent in N and E BC; circumpolar, N to SE YT and NT and E to NF; Greenland, Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Saxifraga aizoides

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1035 1657 2459
Slope Gradient (%) 0 18 72
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
28 12 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BAFA(6), ESSF(4), ICH(1), SWB(4)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Leptasea aizoides (L.) Haw.

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