Chrysosplenium oppositifolium - Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Saxifragales - Family: Saxifragaceae

Golden Saxifrage flowers

(The scientific name for this genus is also written Chrysoplenium - this latter form is now less commonly used, but you will find both spelling forms used widely, sometimes even by the same authority!).

A huge bank of golden saxifrage flowering in April

Beside small streams, where water runs over shaded rocks, where springs emerge in woodland - these are the kinds of places you will find Golden Saxifrage. The most commonly occurring species in Britain and Ireland is Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage, shown here.

Golden saxifrage flowering in April

From April until July these tiny flowers deck roadside ditches and other damp places; but, because the flower petals are golden green and the young leaves a very similar colour, many people do not notice the flowers at all.

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