This Arctic–alpine gem produces panicles of red-spotted white flowers on stems rising from a basal rosette of leathery hairy leaves. Subspecies are found from eastern Canada to Russia, and also on the higher mountains of the British Isles. Few seeds collected.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:starry saxifrage, hairy kidney-wort, Saxifraga stellaris