Hepatica americana
(Round Lobed Hepatica)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Round Lobed Hepatica
    Synonyms: Anemone americana, Anemone hepatica
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - May
    Status: Native

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

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

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