Inuktitut name: Kakillarnat, tiinnguat, a'asaat
Preparation:Leaves Use:Wound healing
Although other species of saxifrage are found in Europe, this is not the case with
Saxifraga tricuspidata. It is found only in North America and Greenland.
Kakillarnat means, "It causes a prickly feeling." Or, it can be called tiinnguat, which means, "A
substitute for tea." Sometimes it is called a'asaat, which refers to the sound you
might make if you were pricked by the plant. Prickly saxifrage leaves can be used
to make tea and they can also be put on cuts to help with healing. These plants
were used as bedding for sled dog puppies. It was thought that the prickly leaves
helped to toughen up the pads on the bottoms of their feet so that when they
grew up and helped pull the sleds, their feet would not give them any trouble.
#01 Nunaraq qupanuap niqinga - Nodding saxifrage - Saxifraga cernua
The inuktitut name loosely translates to 'something that birds like to eat'
#02 Yellow Mountain Saxifrage - Saxifraga aizoides