Stems: one to six inches high, ascending, slender, producing short branchlets. Leaves: coriaceous, lanceolate, mucronate, sessile, with a broad base finely ciliate. Flowers: few, in an open corymb on slender pedicels; petals oblong, white, marked with red spots.
Frequently the traveller will find immense rocky slopes literally covered with the pretty little blossoms of this Saxifrage, which may easily be recognized by the bright red spots that mark its five white petals. It is a low-growing species, the flower-stalks seldom exceeding six inches in height, and being much branched and reddish in colour. The tiny narrow leaves are very stiff, - indeed, a noticeable characteristic of the whole plant is its rigid nature. The name is derived from saxum, " a rock," and frango, " I break," and the Germans call it Steinbrech, because it grows so thickly in the crevices of the rocks that it is supposed to disintegrate them by its growth. All the Saxifrages are much visited by flies and bees, and spring; they are hairy, long-shaped, and sharply toothed. You can best distinguish the Tall Saxifrage from Lyall's species by the leaves, which in the former are spatulate and long-shaped and in the latter rounded. The Tall Saxifrage also generally has small bulblets growing below the flowers.