Early Flowers in Mohican 22, 2007
Early Saxifrage, Saxifraga virginiensis is a herbacious plant which has basal leaves which are toothed or lobed. There may be a few small leaves on the fuzzy stem. These particular Saxifrages are growing on a rock face in the "Rock City" of the Mohican Outdoor school. It is amazing to see these plants clinging to the nearly vertical surfaces growing on the sheets of mosses. They are the equivalent of natural Bonsai plants, miniatures of what they could be, if grown in a more fertile habitat.
The white flowers appear in early spring and continue into mid spring. Not the showiest flower of the forest, but definitely and interesting one you will want to try to find.