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Saxifraga stolonifera

Saxifraga stolonifera

Synonym(s) Saxifraga sarmentosa
Common name strawberry begonia
Family saxifragaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-10)
Flowers white
Size 6-12"
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Groundcover for shade, grown mostly for its variegated, fuzzy round leaves, with white flowers as a bonus. Some list it hardy only to zone 7, others have reported success in zone 6. Ours disappeared after a season in the garden, but I'm not sure what did them in. Trying again from seed – and a few plants got at least through their first winter.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '10 trade. Baggy 70F (good G, starting 17d)
  2. Same seed as above. Sowed to surface of pot at 70F (25/++G, starting 27d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (15/++ G, 15-30d)

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