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Anemone acutiloba [= Hepatica acutiloba]

Sharp-lobed Liverleaf

Scientific Name:

Anemone acutiloba [= Hepatica acutiloba]

Genus:

Anemone

Species Epithet:

acutiloba

Common Name:

Sharp-lobed Liverleaf

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, especially over calcareous or mafic rocks.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

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 acutiloba, with sharp pointed leaves, is found mainly in the western part of North Carolina.

Early Blooms

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Martha Baskin
Jan 2009

Blooms Close Up

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Tom Harville
Feb 2009

Plant & Blooms

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Martha Baskin

Leaf

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Tom Harville

Seed Pod Forming

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Martha Baskin

Winter Leaf

Tom Harville

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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