The early saxifrage (Micranthes virginiensis) belongs to Saxifragaceae (the Saxifrage family). It is a perennial herb that is native to eastern and central North America. This herb grows on rocks, cliffs, or wooded slopes, and can reach about 30 cm in height. The basal leaves are ovate to ellittic, 2-8 cm long, rosette, and covered with densely glandular and tangled, reddish brown-hairs. The pubescent stem is thought to deter ground insects from reaching its flowers, which would be less effective for pollination than flying insects. The fragrant, small, white flowers bloom from April to June.