First planted in UBC Botanical Garden in 2012, patches of David’s golden saxifrage can now be found here and there as a groundcover throughout UBC’s David C. Lam Asian Garden. The golden colour is particularly evident in the early spring, due to a combination of the new leaves, the flowers, and the higher intensity of light reaching the forest floor before the trees fully leaf out.
Native only to western China, Chrysosplenium davidianum is a species of “shaded and wet grassy places in forest understories, rock clefts in ravines”; at UBC, it is typically grown underneath rhododendrons. The particular patch in today’s photograph will sometimes be littered with the fallen corollas of a purple-flowered Rhododendron concinnum to poetic effect–I’ve yet to adequately photograph this, though.
Wikipedia notes somewhere close to 60 species of Chrysosplenium have been described. Most are native to northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere, but 2 species can be found in South America.