Saxifraga cochlearis1.jpg
Saxifraga cochlearis
Scientific classification e
  • Ciliatae
  • Cotylea
  • Cymbalaria
  • Gymnopera
  • Heterisia
  • Irregulares
  • Ligulatae
  • Mesogyne
  • Odontophyllae
  • Porphyrion
  • Saxifraga
  • Trachyphyllum
  • Xanthizoon
Synonyms [1]

Boecherarctica Á.Löve
Cascadia A.M.Johnson
Micranthes Haw.
Zahlbrucknera Rchb.

Saxifraga is the largest genus in the family Saxifragaceae, containing about 440 species of holarctic perennial plants, known as saxifrages[2] or rockfoils.[3] The Latin word saxifraga means literally "stone-breaker", from Latin saxum ("rock" or "stone") + frangere ("to break"). It is usually thought to indicate a medicinal use for treatment of urinary calculi (known as kidney stones), rather than breaking rocks apart.[2][4]

The genera Saxifragopsis (strawberry saxifrage), and Saxifragella are sometimes included in Saxifraga.[1] In recent DNA based phylogenetic analyses of the Saxifragaceae, the former sections Micranthes and Merkianae are shown to be more closely related to the Boykinia and Heuchera clades,[5] and the most recent floras separate these groups as the genus Micranthes.[6][7]


Most saxifrages are smallish plants whose leaves grow close to the ground, often in a rosette. The leaves typically have a more or less incised margin; they may be succulent, needle-like and/or hairy, reducing evaporation.[8]

The inflorescence or single flower clusters rise above the main plant body on naked stalks. The small actinomorphic hermaphrodite flowers have five petals and sepals and are usually white, but red to yellow in some species.[citation needed] As in other primitive eudicots, some of the 5 or 10 stamens may appear petal-like.[citation needed] and it lives tundra ecosystem.

Other Languages
العربية: كاسر الحجر
azərbaycanca: Daşdələn
تۆرکجه: داش دلن
български: Каменоломка
català: Saxífraga
Cebuano: Saxifraga
čeština: Lomikámen
dansk: Stenbræk
davvisámegiella: Nárttit
Deutsch: Steinbrech
eesti: Kivirik
español: Saxifraga
euskara: Saxifraga
فارسی: خاراشکن
français: Saxifrage
한국어: 범의귀속
հայերեն: Քարբեկ
hornjoserbsce: Rupik
hrvatski: Kamenika
Ирон: Дурсæт
íslenska: Saxifraga
italiano: Saxifraga
עברית: בקעצור
ქართული: ფხიჯა
қазақша: Тасжарған
kurdî: Berbir
lietuvių: Uolaskėlė
lumbaart: Saxifraga
magyar: Kőtörőfű
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ကျောက်ခွဲပင်
Nederlands: Steenbreek
norsk nynorsk: Sildreslekta
português: Saxifraga
русский: Камнеломка
suomi: Rikot
українська: Ломикамінь
Tiếng Việt: Saxifraga
Winaray: Saxifraga
中文: 虎耳草属