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Silver Velvet Saxifrage

Saxifraga fortunei 'Silver Velvet'

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Silver Velvet Saxifrage (Saxifraga fortunei 'Silver Velvet') at Roger's Gardens

Silver Velvet Saxifrage foliage

Silver Velvet Saxifrage foliage

(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)

Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  9 inches

Spacing:  5 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Japanese Rockfoil

Ornamental Features

Silver Velvet Saxifrage features tiny spikes of white star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to mid fall. Its attractive small needle-like leaves remain coppery-bronze in color with prominent silver stripes and tinges of light green throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Velvet Saxifrage is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Velvet Saxifrage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens

Planting & Growing

Silver Velvet Saxifrage will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 9 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 5 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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Ornamental Features