SHARP LOBED HEPATICA Hepatica acutiloba
Hepatica (hepatica, liverleaf, or liverwort) is native to central and northern Europe, Asia and eastern North America. Some botanists include Hepatica within a wider interpretation of Anemone.
Bisexual flowers with pink, purple, blue, or white sepals and three green bracts appear singly on hairy stems from late winter to spring. Butterflies, moths, bees, flies and beetles are known pollinators.
The word hepatica derives from the Greek hepaticus, because the three-lobed leaf was thought to resemble the human liver. The leaves are basal, leathery, and usually three-lobed, remaining over winter (evergreen).
Noted for its tolerance of alkaline limestone-derived soils, Hepatica may grow in a wide range of conditions; it can be found either in deeply deciduous (especially beech) woodland and scrub or grassland in full sun. Hepatica will also grow in both sandy and clay-rich substrates, being associated with limestone. Moist soil and winter snowfall is a requirement; Hepatica is tolerant of winter snow cover.
Hepatica cultivation has been popular in Japan since the 18th century.
Type: Hardy perennial
Hardiness zones: 4-9
Location: Sun or shade
Seeds per pack: 5
Germination: Plant these seeds outdoors, in the location that they are to grow, as sunflowers do not like to be transplanted or moved. Plant in early spring, after the chance of frost is passed.