The Saxifrage Family

There seems to be some debate amongst taxonomists regarding this family because various sources sight from 30 to 80 genera with from 650 to 1,000 species.

Astilbe
Thunberg's Astilbe
Pigsqueak
Darmera Indian Rhubarb
Alumroot
Heucherella
 
Yawata Weed
Rodgersia
Saxifrage
Fringecups
Foamflower
Tolmiea  

Note on Taxonomy - Plant taxonomy is the art and science of classifying plants into groupings in order to help people make sense of the huge diversity found in the world. The people who do this for a living are called taxonomists. They are continually evaluating and re-evaluating how plants are classified. For example, with the recent emergence of DNA analysis, many plants have been changing classification.

Also, there is no one, single universal classification system for plants. Rather, there is a lot of debate among taxonomists which may lead to confusion for the average gardener. That is why, in these family listings, you often see the words "about" or "around" when counting the number of genera or species to include. It is also why new families are created and some of the old ones suddenly fade away. So, don't be surprised if you find slightly different information at other sites or sources. Oh, well.

 

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