Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow LakeEarly Saxifrage (Saxifraga virginiensis)
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Early Saxifrage (Saxifraga virginiensis) - 09

Saxifrage, Early - 09
(Saxifrage, Early - 09) The undersides of the early saxifrage are often purplish in color.  A tint of purple can be seen in some of the leaves.  This plant looks unusual because of what appears to be flower buds growing from the base of the flower stalk, but it is really the beginning growth of another flower stalk.  The downward facing hairs on the stalk are glandular and secrete a sticky substance to entrap insects that try to climb up the stalk to take the nectar; thus, leaving the nectar for the flying insects.
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