Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Evergreens
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, loam, sand
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
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Hepatica nobilis var. acutaAlso known as:
Hepatica acutiloba, Hepatica acuta, Hepatica triloba var. acuta
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.
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
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.
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
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
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