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.
''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.