Apr 11 2010

Signs of Spring: Hepatica

Published by at 7:30 am under Phenology,Plants

The wildflowers bloomed and faded so quickly last weekend that it may be difficult to find this one in our area now, but it's worth a try.

Hepatica is a delicate little white or lavender flower with basal leaves. 

The leaves grow directly from the base of the plant instead of on the stem.  They often hide under last autumn's leaf litter but you'll have to find them to know which variety of Hepatica you've found:  Sharp-lobed Hepatica or Round-lobed Hepatica.

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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  1. myontzon 11 Apr 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I was looking for these flowers out in the woods today, but didn’t find any. I did find a lot of others. We were looking for the morels. I think we are a little early yet.

  2. Kathy Mon 13 Apr 2010 at 10:34 pm

    This is a new favorite flower of mine. Thanks for writing about it. It is not as showy as Dutchman’s breeches but I love it, especially how the sunlight shines through it. And the furry leaves like bunny ears.

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