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Chrysosplenium oppositifolium - L.

Common Name Golden Saxifrage
Family Saxifragaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Acid soils[200] on the banks of springs and wet shady mountainsides[5, 17, 52].
Range Western and central Europe, including Britain, from Norway to Spain, east to Germany and N. Italy.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Chrysosplenium oppositifolium Golden Saxifrage


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Chrysosplenium oppositifolium is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Apr to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, beetles, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 5, 8, 17, 52, 61, 66]. Added to salads or soups[183]. The leaves are rather small, and there is a distinct bitterness in the flavour, especially in hot weather[K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

The plants creeping habit makes it a good ground cover for the bog garden[200].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils if they are moist. Requires a constantly wet but well-drained soil[200]. Prefers a shady position, succeeding in woodland[17, 200].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame. Stand the pot in 2cm of water. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a tray of water in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Chrysosplenium alternifoliumGolden Saxifrage, Alternate-leaf golden saxifrage, Iowa golden saxifrage20
Chrysosplenium americanumWater Mat, American golden saxifrage10
Chrysosplenium carnosum 02

 

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