Saxifraga Stolonifera Tricolor

{ Mother of Thousands }


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About Gaia

Gaia is our little mama bear -- her nickname, 'Mother of Thousand', refers to the mini Gaia plantlets that form on the bottom of her hanging shoots. Cute, right? We think it's a fitting nickname for this amazing plant, who definitely brings some comforting mom vibes to any space.

Gaia is native to East Asia, but also grows in much of the temperate regions in Eurasia and North America. Her globe-trotting status might explain her endless nicknames; literally, she has so many pseudonyms, we suspect she's in the witness protection program. Aside from being well-named, she also has stunning green-and-red leaves have a silver-y trim that we can't get enough of -- luckily, she's super easy to propagate with offsets, so we can have endless Gaias.

Quick facts

Botanical name: Saxifraga Stolonifera

Nicknames: Creeping Saxifrage, Strawberry Saxifrage, Creeping Rockfoil, Aaron's Beard, Mother of Thousands

Plant type: Evergreen perennial / indoor

Toxic?: Non-toxic

Current Height (including pot): 20-40cm

Pro level: Medium

Nursery pot size: 14cm - repot one-two years

How to Care for Gaia (Mother of Thousands)

Gaia will be happiest if she gets at least three hours of direct light a day -- but don't overdo it, she won't like being in the hot sun all day. Try placing her near west-facing window, or in any place that gets a decent window of daily sun

Gaia gets thirsty during growing season (spring-summer); keep her soil moist at all times, but don't let her sit in water. After she's flowered, reduce waterings down to about every two weeks

Though Gaia grows more slowly than her other family members, she will outgrow her pot pretty quickly. When you notice she's become very rootbound (i.e. her roots are protruding from her drainage holes, or you notice she drains through super quickly when you water her), then it's time to move her to a bigger home. Check out our Care Guide if you're clueless about repotting

Though she can tolerate higher temperatures, she ideally likes things to be between 10-15degC