Hepatica acutiloba
(Sharp Lobed Hepatica)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Sharp Lobed Hepatica
    Synonyms: Anemone acutiloba, Hepatica acuta
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - May
    Status: Native

Hepatica acutiloba, or Acute Lobed Hepatica, is native to most of the eastern United States. It grows in open woods. It blooms in early spring, with delicate pale blue to white flowers, and shortly thereafter new fuzzy leaves emerge that will persist until the following spring.

This species is considered the same as another - Hepatica americana - by some, and they are often grouped together into Hepatica nobilis. Here, we separate them. Hepatica acutiloba can be easily recognized by its sharply pointed leaf lobes and also its typically lighter flowers, almost white, where Hepatica americana has rounded leaf lobes and blue flowers.

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