Saxifraga stellaris (Starry Saxifrage)


Summary Information


A perennial, stoloniferous herb found in open (rarely shaded), wet flushes, growing by mountain streams or on wet rock ledges and cliff-faces, usually in base-poor soil. It is commonly found from about 200-1000 m, although it has been recorded at 1340 m on the top of Ben Nevis (Westerness).



World Distribution

European Arctic-montane element; also in N. America.


Photos Information


Habitats Information

Broad Habitats

Fen, marsh and swamp (not wooded)
Montane habitats (acid grassland and heath with montane species)
Inland rock (quarries, cliffs, screes)

Light (Ellenberg): 8 Information

Moisture (Ellenberg): 8 Information

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5 Information

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3 Information

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0 Information

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 1.8 Information

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 12.3 Information

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1811 Information

Life Form

Life Form Information

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary


Perennation - secondary

Life Form - primary


Life Form - secondary


Comment on Life Form

"treated here as a wintergreen mainly hemicryptophyte, analagous to Pyrola"



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Clonality - secondary


Distribution Information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 440

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 61

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.58

Weighted Changed Factor: -12

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Conservation Status

Conservation Status Information

Plantatt Conservation Status

Other Accounts

Other Accounts Information


References Information

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

Atlas (136b)
Hultén E, Fries M.  1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1999)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E.  1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
Webb DA, Gornall RJ.  1989.  Saxifrages of Europe.