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Saxifraga Ceratophylla - Hardy Perennial
Author: John Wood
Saxifraga Ceratophylla Described.
Saxifraga Ceratophylla - Horn-leaved Saxifrage; Nat. Ord. Saxifragaceæ.
For the most part, this numerous genus flowers in spring and early summer,
the species now under notice being one of the late bloomers; its flowers however,
like most of the Saxifrages, are small and insignificant; on the other hand,
its foliage, as may be seen by the illustration (Fig. 83) is highly ornamental.
In November, the grand half-globular tufts of rigid dark green foliage are delicately
furnished with a whitish exudation, which, seen through a magnifying glass, resembles
scales, but seen by the naked eye—and it can be clearly seen without stooping—it
gives the idea of hoar frost. We have here, then, an interesting and ornamental
subject, which, when grown in collections of considerable variety, proves attractive;
and as even after many degrees of frost, it retains its beauty, and, I may add,
its finest form, it may be confidently recommended as a suitable winter
garden subject. This species proves evergreen in our climate, though a native
of Spain, from which country it was imported about eighty years ago. It is sometimes
called S. cornutum, a name quite applicable, and it is frequently confounded
with S. pentadactylis (the Five-fingered-leaved Saxifrage), which it much resembles,
from which, however, it is distinct in several respects.
Fig. 83. Saxifraga Ceratophylla.
It may be propagated by taking the slips nearest the earth, which will often be found to have a few rootlets, but if not they will still prove the more suitable; if taken in summer and dibbled into sand, they will make good roots in a week or two, when they may be transplanted to their permanent quarters, so as to become established before winter.
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