Family, Saxifrage. Calyx, 5-parted. Petals, 5. Stamens, 10. Pistil, 1. Styles, 2. Fruit, a purplish capsule. One of our delicate early flowers, growing in clefts of rocks. Leaves, all at the root, round and broad at apex, narrowed into a broad petiole, somewhat toothed. Scapes with a few leafy bracts above. Early spring till June.

Early Saxifrage (Saxifraga Virginiensis)

Early Saxifrage (Saxifraga Virginiensis)

Flowers cymosely clustered upon the ends of hairy scapes, several from the same root, 6 or 8 inches high. As the stem elongates, the flower-clusters hang more loosely. Mr. Gibson says that he has seen this flower, which he calls the rock-flower, blooming in March. (Sec illustration, p. 84.)