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Hepatica nobilis var. acuta

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, loam, sand

Height: 4"-6"

Bloom Time: March, April

Bloom Color: white, pink, lavender

Leaf Color: green, purple, multi-color

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, evergreen, fall interest, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flower of Hepatica nobilis var. acuta (sharplobe hepatica)
  • Flower of Hepatica nobilis var. acuta (sharplobe hepatica)
  • Flower of Hepatica nobilis var. acuta (sharplobe hepatica)
  • Flower of Hepatica nobilis var. acuta (sharplobe hepatica)
  • Flower of Hepatica nobilis var. acuta (sharplobe hepatica)

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Description

Hepatica nobilis var. acuta

Also known as:

sharplobe hepatica

,

sharp-lobed hepatica

,

mountain hepatica

,

liverleaf

Scientific Synonyms:

Hepatica acutiloba, Hepatica acuta, Hepatica triloba var. acuta

Description

The whitish, anemone-shaped flowers of the sharplobed hepatica may have a pinkish or lavender tint to them. They appear in early spring, on a single hairy stalk no more than 8" tall, well before the first leaves. As the common name suggests, the leaves are lobed and come to a sharp point. Foliage is very attractive with soft purple veins and remains evergreen, dying back in late winter before the first blooms appear.

Cultivation

Hepatica nobilis var. acuta is found in the undergrowth of upland deciduous forests, more commonly with northern exposures where the plants will remain cool during summer. It is tolerant of average soils and dryer woodland conditions. It is slow to spread, and can be used very effectively in shaded rock gardens, where fall and winter interest might be otherwise lacking. Blooms in early spring, March or April. Zones 4-8

Propagation

Best left undisturbed, groups of several offshoots may be separated from mature plants in fall. Moist, cold stratification is required when propagating from collected seeds.

Additional Notes

With the same growing requirements of most Trilliums, sharplobe hepatica is an ideal companion species that will provide strong visual interest after the Trilliums have gone dormant in summer. Almost identical to the Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa, it may be distinguished by its pointed leaves and paler flowers.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: FL
  • Threatened: CT

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae Buttercup family
Genus Hepatica hepatica
Species Hepatica nobilis var. acuta sharplobe hepatica