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Sharp-Lobed Hepatica An early spring wildflower with purple flowers and 3-lobed leaves.<br />
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 The word &quot;hepatica&quot; is derived from the Latin word for &quot;liver&quot;, which refers to the supposed resemblance of the leaves to the liver. This resemblance led early herbalists to assume that these plants would be effective in treating liver ailments.<br />
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Sharp-Lobed Hepatica

An early spring wildflower with purple flowers and 3-lobed leaves.

The word "hepatica" is derived from the Latin word for "liver", which refers to the supposed resemblance of the leaves to the liver. This resemblance led early herbalists to assume that these plants would be effective in treating liver ailments.

    comments (7)

  1. So beautiful! Posted 11 months ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted 11 months ago
  2. @Christine, I think this is not Anemone hepatica. If it is the Sharp-lobed hepatica, the scientific name is Hepatica nobilis acuta

    http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/woodland/plants/hepatica.htm
    Posted 25 days ago, modified 25 days ago
    1. Thanks so much, Jivko. So, you think it is Hepatica nobilis acuta?

      I'm not good at identifying plants...I spotted this one on a botany trail where plants are usually labeled, but they intermingle and I could have read the wrong sign, etc.
      Posted 25 days ago
      1. Hi Christine, there is one confusing thing:
        The accepted scientific name of the American hepatica anemone is Hepatica nobilis Mill., with a couple of subspecies, while Hepatica nobilis Schreb. is a synonym of Anemone hepatica - the Common hepatica, which is European species.
        Posted 25 days ago
        1. Oh, I see. That is confusing. Do you think the ID is correct now, then?

          Thanks again for your help! It is much appreciated :)
          Posted 25 days ago, modified 25 days ago
          1. I think, yes. I have changed the name of the other photos as well. Posted 25 days ago

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''Hepatica nobilis'' or ''Anemone americana'' is a herbaceous perennial in the buttercup family . It is native to the eastern United States and to central and eastern Canada.

In cultivation, this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Similar species: Ranunculales
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded May 4, 2018. Captured May 1, 2018 12:50 in 3280 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY 12545, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/3.5
  • 1/256s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm