The Saxifraga genus brings together a large number of perennial herbaceous plants originating in temperate and arctic areas, there are also numerous garden hybrids. The saxifrages have quite different characteristics, therefore they have been brought together in some families, which bring together plants with a flowering period and similar needs. Generally, the saxifrages appear as dense rosettes of light green, thick and leathery leaflets, variously lobed, with a height varying between 5 and 15 cm, which tend to have a panel-like development. In spring they produce fleshy stems, which bear one or a few small flowers of color that can have all shades of pink, from white to dark pink.
The Saxifraga specimens love very bright places, in full sun in cold and warm seasons, in partial shade in summer, so that during the hottest hours of the day they are not directly exposed to the sun's rays.
The Saxifraga plants don't fear the cold weather and can be grown without problems outdoors, so much so that they also grow spontaneously in our latitudi, while they more easily fear the intense heat of July and August. It is also good to place the Saxifraga in a sheltered place where it cannot be reached by strong winds which are harmful to its health.
The S. sarmentosa variety can't stand the cold weather and is usually grown in apartments or in a temperate greenhouse.