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Hepatica acutiloba is often confused with:
Hepatica americana Flowers
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Viola pedata Viola pedata
Verbena canadensis Verbena canadensis
Hepatica americana Flowers

Sharp-lobed Hepatica Hepatica acutiloba

Previously known as:

  • Anemone acutiloba
  • Hepatica acuta
  • Hepatica nobilis var. acuta
  • Hepatica triloba var. acuta
Phonetic Spelling
hep-AT-ih-kuh a-KEW-ti-low-buh
Description

Hepatica acutiloba  is found mainly in western  North Carolina. It is one of the first native wildflowers to bloom.

Ranging from pale pink or lavender-purple to pure white, these flowers first open in mid-February and last up to two months before fading. This species has no petals but instead has showy bracts surrounding a large number of delicate sepals enclosing yellow stamens.

It is threatened or endangered in Connecticut, Florida, and Maine.

Habitat: Moist forests, especially over calcareous or mafic rocks

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#partial shade#perennial#white flowers#pink flowers#blue flowers#variegated leaves#spring flowers#moist soil#endangered#well-drained soil#neutral ph#lavender flowers#rock gardens#mottled#native wildflower#wildflower garden#clumping#food source spring#food source herbage#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#flies#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#partial shade#perennial#white flowers#pink flowers#blue flowers#variegated leaves#spring flowers#moist soil#endangered#well-drained soil#neutral ph#lavender flowers#rock gardens#mottled#native wildflower#wildflower garden#clumping#food source spring#food source herbage#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#flies#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hepatica
    Species:
    acutiloba
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    United States
    Distribution:
    Maine to Quebec . Georgia to Minnesota
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts bees and flies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    2" long hairy, oblong, and acute achenes from March to May.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    White, pink, blue or purple solitary flower; 5-12 petal-like sepals; three green bracts. Flowers bloom from February to April.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Thick leathery, basal leaves; may be mottled; three (sometimes five or seven) sharply pointed lobes; new leaves emerge after flowering begins
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees