Micranthes virginiensis (Saxifraga v.) early saxifrage Saxifragaceae SAVI; R, gb (E. Danielsen 2016);

 

Micranthes virginiensis (early saxifrage).Erik Danielson.GreeBelt S.I.,NYC.4:2016

Micranthes virginiensis (early saxifrage).Erik Danielson.GreenBelt S.I.,NYC.4.2016

Micranthes virginiensis is a perennial herb from a thick rhizome, flowering stems to 40 cm tall, glandular-hairy. 

Leaves in a basal rosette, egg-shaped to 5 cm long, tip blunt, base narrowed to leaf stalk, often purple below, margin toothed to entire. 

Flowers white, regular, 5-parted, petals to 0.6 cm long, spatula-shaped, along branches of upper stem; blooming April-May (Hough 1983). 

Fruit dry capsules, to 0.5 cm long, 2-parted; fruiting May- June (Hough 1983). 

Wetland status: FAC. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: On wet to dry rocks.