Saussurea alpina. Alpine saw-wort.

Life-form & Growth Form:

Hemicryptophyte. Herbaceous perennial. Shortly creeping and stoloniferous.  

Flowering period: 



Montane base-rich cliffs, crags and screes, typically in flushed areas.  


Overgrazing by livestock prevents flower and seed production. Being an Arctic-alpine species, S. alpina may succumb to the effects of climate change in the longer term.  

Static distribution map:
Saussurea alpina
Saussurea alpina
For an interactive map follow this link to the BSBI webpage