Saxifraga hypnoides

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaSaxifragaceaeSaxifragaSaxifraga hypnoides


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.



World Distribution

Oceanic Boreal-montane element.

© Pete Stroh

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 2

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 12.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1697

Life form information

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 406

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 61

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.54

Weighted Changed Factor: -1

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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.