A perennial, stoloniferous herb growing on moist rocks, screes, cliffs and by mountain streams, rarely on sand dunes, often in partial shade. Substrates are frequently base-rich, although it can grow on acidic rocks. It is also cultivated and sometimes escapes. 0-1215 m (Ben Lawers, Mid Perth), but generally from 200-760 m.
The distribution of S. hypnoides is generally similar to that in the 1962 Atlas, although it may have declined in N. Scotland. Plants from W. Ireland and Wales are diploid, whereas those from N. Ireland, N. England and Scotland are tetraploid.
Oceanic Boreal-montane element.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
La flore atlantique européenne. Documents pour les cartes des productions végétales serie Europe-Atlantique, vol. 1,
, Toulouse, (1962)
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Jalas & Suominen (1999)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)
Saxifraga rosacea and S. hypnoides in the British Isles,
, BSBI News, Volume 21, p.22-23, (1979)
Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 28. Saxifraga genus L. (Section Dactyloides Tausch) (pp. 185-194), Saxifraga cespitosa L. (incl. S. groenlandica L.) (pp. 194-197), Saxifraga hartii Webb (pp. 197-199), Saxifraga rosacea Moench. (pp. 199-206), Saxifraga hypnoides L. (emend Webb) (pp. 206-213),
, Journal of Ecology, Volume 38, p.185-213, (1950)
Saxifrages of Europe,
, London, (1989)