Hepatica nobilis (Hepatica acutiloba)
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Bloom Color: Lavender – Pink – White
Bloom Season: April – May
Suggested Uses: Hepatica is a beautiful spring woodland wildflower. Unlike many wildflowers, Hepatica flowers often appear before their leaves. Their blooms signal the beginning of spring, bringing color to the woodland floor while trees and other herbaceous plants are still dormant. The deep, rich, bold foliage stays nice all season long. An excellent choice for ground cover! Prefers rich, organic soils. This is one of our woodland favorites.
Native Range: Native to woodlands in the eastern half of the U.S.
Pollinators: Bees and butterflies. Provides important early-season foraging opportunities for pollinators. Seeds are dispersed by ants.
Flowers: The solitary 0.5-1″ flowers grown on hairy stalks and have 5-9 petal-like sepals, numerous stamens, and several pistils. There are 3 green sepal-like bracts around each flower.
Leaves: The leaves are 2-2.5″ wide with 3 pointed lobes.
Name: The name Hepatica refers to the 3-lobed leaves which resemble the shape of a human liver.
More information: USDA plant profile