Round-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica americana)
Image ID: yrt101L
Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)
Height: 0.3 to 0.5 ft.
Blooms: March to June
Leaf Type: lobed
Bloom Size: 0.75 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 6 parts
Location: Youghiogheny River Trail
More photos of this flower
- Rue Anemone
Although the blooms are similar, the leaves are distintly different. Hepatica leaves are large with 3 distinct lobes. Anemone leaves are smaller and slightly scalloped.
- Sharp-Lobed Hepatica
The names describe the shapes of the leaves.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.