Purple Saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia)

One of the earliest flowering plants of the year, it is most common in Arctic regions, where the Inuit eat the sweet leaves as an accompaniment to blubber. When it is in bloom they know that the Caribou herds are calving. The flowers and leaves can be made into tea, which can help relieve stomach problems. it yields gold, green and cream coloured dyes. it favours the mountains, rocks, cliffs and lime soils