Common name: Strawberry Begonia, Strawberry Geranium, Roving Sailor, Creeping saxifrage
Botanical name: Saxifraga stolonifera Family: Saxifragaceae (saxifrage family)
This plant is also known as Mother of Thousands or Aaron's beard. It can be
used as a houseplant, preferably in a hanging pot or basket, so that the young
plants growing on long thin "stolons" coming out of the center of the plant
(just like the leaves that form a rosette), can hang down freely. Sometimes
there are hundreds of young plants on dozens of stolons. It has very beautiful
white flowers with five unequal petals. Two of the petals are much longer than
the rest. Clumps grow to about 3 or 4 inches high are silver veined above and
reddish, hairy beneath and spread rapidly by means of thread-like, pink
runners sprouting new little clumps everywhere in shade and moist soil.
The easiest way to propagate this plant is taking young rosettes from the
stolons and planting them in potting-soil. They root easily.
Identification credit: Umberto Boni
|Photographed in Lodhi Garden,