Round-Lobed Hepatica - Heptatica americana (Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae)

 

Round-Lobed Hepatica - Heptatica americana (Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae) Rounded, 3-lobed leaves, hairy stalks. The delicate flowers have pink petal-like sepals, which can be shades of lavender, blue or white. 4 - 6 in. Leafy woods and ravines.





 

The leaves persist through the winter and are reddish brown when the spring blooms appear. The new leaves appear after the flowers die. The generic name (from hepaticus, the Latin for "liver") and the common name Liverleaf come from the resemblance of the leaf to the three-lobed human liver. This "signature" led doctors to use the plant to treat liver ailments.

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