Hepatica nobilis (Hepatica nobilis)
Other Names
Anemone hepatica, Liverwort, Kidneywort, Pennywort, Liverleaf.
Native to Europe, Russia, and Caucasus.
Perennial (herbaceous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 4 - 8.
Mid-late Winter, Spring.
Approx. 2 - 5 in. (5 - 13 cm).
Hepaticas like shade, and rich, moist soils. They make perfect
woodland garden plant. Situate them around deciduous (leafy) trees. Hepaticas do not like to be too bothered, so once planted, give them time to settle and do
not disturb the soil, around them.
By seeds, or division (divide in late Summer).
Blue, white and purple blooms
come in abundance. The name originated from Greek word 'hepar' (liver), since plant leaf's shape appears to look like, one. Accordingly, past herbalists associated Hepatica as plant of the liver, and used it in some
medicinal remedies. These days, its strength is in its beauty, only.
Caution - Hepatica is toxic, and can be poisonous if taken internally. For white blooms,
try: Hepatica nobilis 'Alba'
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