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Meadow Saxifrage Saxifraga granulate

The delicate, snow-white, five petalled flowers and long stalked, kidney shaped leaves are distinctive features of the meadow saxifrage and are not shared by any other wild flower in Norfolk.

Conservation status

This is a declining species nationally with its stronghold in eastern England. It was once a common species on hay meadows and old grasslands but as these habitats have vanished so has the meadow saxifrage.

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The scientific name, saxifraga, means stone-breaking and there are two explanations as to its origin. Some say it was given this name by the Romans who, seeing it growing in crevices of rocks, assumed wrongly that the plant’s roots had split the rock. More likely it was given this name because of its use in herbal medicine for the breaking up of gallstones.

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