Herb: Golden Saxifrage

Latin name: Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage Family)

Edible parts of Golden Saxifrage:

Leaves - raw or cooked. Added to salads or soups. The leaves are rather small, and there is a distinct bitterness in the flavour, especially in hot weather.

Description of the plant:


15 cm
(6 inches)

to July

Habitat of the herb:

Acid soils on the banks of springs and wet shady mountainsides.

Other uses of Golden Saxifrage:

The plants creeping habit makes it a good ground cover for the bog garden.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame. Stand the pot in 2cm of water. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a tray of water in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.

Cultivation of Golden Saxifrage:

Acid soils on the banks of springs and wet shady mountainsides.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Chrysosplenium oppositifolium:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.