Opposite-leaved Golden-Saxifrage

Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

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About

Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage is a moisture-loving plant that is found in any habitat near damp or wet places, such as by the side of shady streams and in wet woodlands. It is a creeping perennial that forms mats of golden-green flowers between April and June. The flowers form 'trickles of gold' wherever there is seeping water on a bank or streamside.

How to identify

Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage truly lives up to its name: look for paired, rounded, green leaves with small, golden flowers set amongst them. The flowers themselves actually lack petals, but are surrounded by their golden sepals and yellowish leaves.

Where to find it

Widespread and common through the UK but scarce in central and eastern England.

Habitats

When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June

How can people help

Human activity, including the drainage of land for agriculture, the loss of ponds through development and the removal of wet woods, has resulted in the disappearance of many of the UK's wetlands. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with planners, developers and farmers to ensure our wetlands are protected. You can help by becoming a member of your local Trust; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Opposite-leaved Golden-Saxifrage
Latin name
Chrysosplenium oppositifolium
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 12cm
Conservation status
Common.