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).
There has been no appreciable change in the distribution of S. stellaris since the 1962 Atlas.
European Arctic-montane element; also in N. America.
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 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)
Saxifrages of Europe,
, London, (1989)