Saxes in 2011

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Barstow
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Yes, I can actually walk downhill to see Purple Saxifrage :) I've always wondered if the mountain and shoreline populations are genetically distinct. Could you move a plant from the mountains to the shore and would it cope with the salt stress?

I don't think I would have recognised your cushion for what it is! 

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

Sellars
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Stephen:

That cushion is as hard as a rock.  All the Saxifraga oppositifolia are like that in the Coast Ranges.  Here is a close-up of the foliage.

David Sellars
From the Wet Coast of British Columbia, Canada

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Barstow
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Great picture. Old Growth Purple Saxifrage? How long to grow one of these in a garden?

Being interested in ethnobotany, I was intrigued to see it referred to as an "Edible Plant" in the wiki entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxifraga_oppositifolia, but there is no reference. I know other saxifrages were used traditionally for food by native american peoples in the arctic, but hadn't come across this species before and it's not mentioned in David Moerman's comprehensive Native American Ethnobotany.  Reading on, it seems to be the flowers which were used...pretty spring salad...

Sorry, I digress...

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

Hoy
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David wrote:

Stephen:

That cushion is as hard as a rock.  All the Saxifraga oppositifolia are like that in the Coast Ranges.  Here is a close-up of the foliage.

Looks more like the cushions I observed in Andes or mesembs from South Africa!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Sellars
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If anyone is interested in visiting this big bun the access and route can be found here.

http://www.mountainflora.ca/Flora_of_the_Coast_Ranges/Skyline_Divide-Cho...

For armchair visitors there is a video of the hike on the above page that includes the location of the Saxifraga oppositifolia.

David Sellars
From the Wet Coast of British Columbia, Canada

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AmyO
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David thanks so much for the link! :) I just watched the video..oh my...what beauty!! Adding another place I must visit to my list.

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

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