Photographed along Wayah road
SHARP LOBED HEPATICA ( Hepatica acutiloba) belongs to the Buttercup family
The sharp lobe hepatica is one of those lovely little spring plants which are really tiny, only 3-4 inches tall. Look for them along trails in the woods or shady roadsides early in the season. It is called “sharp-lobed” to distinguish it from a related species, Hepatica nobilis, which has a round-lobed leaf. The flowers are usually white, but can be pink or lavender as in this particular plant.
The word hepatica derives from hepar, the Greek word for liver, presumably chosen because the leaf resembles a liver in shape. Also, as the season progresses the leaf darkens to a reddish brown color further resembling a liver. For this reason, it was once thought that the leaves would have medicinal value to cure liver ailments.
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