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Hepatica acutiloba

Sharp Leaved Hepatica

Daisy-like flowers brighten the early spring woodland garden in shades of pink, white or blue on fuzzy, 4-6" stems. New, three lobed evergreen leaves grow from ground level on their own hairy stems, appear after the flowers have blossomed. Fall fruit are a favorite among small woodland critters.

Benefits

  • Rhizome root system helps stabilize soils
  • Great for naturalizing in a shaded woodland garden
  • Superb evergreen groundcover
  • Early season nectar source for native butterflies
  • Attractive mix of white, blue or pink bloom
  • Small berries are a native critter favorite

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Needs consistantly moist well-drained soils rich in organic matter, in part shade. 


Height
6-12 in

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Spread
6-12 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Rich, north facing, wooded slopes from Maine to Georgia west to Minnesota and Arkansas

Native Trivia

This liver shaped leaf was once used to treat many liver ailments. In the 1800's, Hepatica treatment for lung afflictions was all the rage with over 200 tons of leaves imported from Europe to fulfill demand for its never proven curing power.

Characteristics & Attributes

Shade
Butterflies
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Mammals
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Gray-green
Uses
Border
Edging
Erosion control
Evergreen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin