Hepatica nobilis (Hepatica acutiloba)
$4.95 – $8.95
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Color: Lavender to White
Flowers: The solitary 1/2″-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 1/2″ wide with 3 pointed lobes.
This is a very beautiful spring woodland wildflower. It has deep, rich, fairly bold foliage that stays nice all season long, making it an excellent ground cover! A must for any woodland or shade garden!
Medicinal Uses: Herbalists thought the leaves resembled the liver and used it to treat liver ailments. According to one source, there was such demand for it in the 1880’s that so many of the leaves were collected, there be came a shortage and they were imported from Germany. But there is little evidence that they did any good.
More Information: They keep their leaves all winter long. The seeds are dispersed by ants.
Name: The name Hepatica comes from the fact that the leaves resemble the liver.