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Plant Details

Anemone americana (=Hepatica americana)

Round-lobed Liverleaf

Scientific Name:

Anemone americana (=Hepatica americana)

Common Name:

Round-lobed Liverleaf

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

Blue

Size in Feet:

.3

Light:

Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

February - April

Bloom Area:

Piedmont, rare in Mts & CP

Notes:

The genus, Hepatica, so called because of the resemblance of the three leaves to a liver, contains two species found in North Carolina, H. americana and H. acutiloba. These are also the only two species of this genus found in North America.

Liverworts are harbingers of spring, being one of the first of our native wildflowers to bloom. Hepaticas are in the Ranunculaceace, or Buttercup, family, and were classified at one time as Anemone, which are their closest kin.

Hepatica americana, with rounded leaves, is quite common and found though out the state. It favors neutral to slightly basic soils.

Plant in Bloom

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© Tom Harville

Closeup of Blooms

Coming up to bloom through last year's dead leaves.

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© Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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