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Hepatica acutiloba is often confused with:
Hepatica americana Flowers
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Viola pedata Viola pedata
Hepatica americana Flowers
Trillium catesbaei T. catesbaei

Sharplobe 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

Mountain Hepatica is found mainly in western  North Carolina in moist forests, especially over calcareous or mafic rocks. 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.

 

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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
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    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