Irish Saxifrage

Saxifraga rosacea subsp. rosacea

rare chance to see this pretty white flower

In 1962 botanist Dick Roberts found a sprig of a plant on Cwm Idwal.

He sent it to Ness Botanic Garden and they confirmed it as Irish saxifrage. This plant species has never been seen before or since in the whole of Snowdonia.

Luckily, another botanist, Morris Morris, grew cuttings from that sprig & passed these onto the Garden. We’ve now taken DNA extracts to see how closely it is related to the Irish saxifrage that still grows in Ireland.