Large sulphur-yellows in early spring on tight grey buns.
One look will tell you this is a superb and desirable alpine plant! Tight buns made up of spiny, grey, needle-like leaves show their flower buds early in the new year. The flowers open as the weather improves - large, sulphur-yellow flowers on short stems. About 7cm (3") high.
These early Saxifraga will flower when still tiny, no bigger than a coin, but after 2 or 3 years they grow slowly into slightly bigger buns like those pictured here - covered in flowers!
They make excellent specimens planted in a pan in the alpine house or cold frame - anything that keeps the rain off the flowers although the plants are bone hardy - and they are a first choice if you have a nice old stone trough to plant, even in the open. As long as they have a very gritty soil they should do well anywhere.