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Hepatica

Liverleaf
Ranunculaceae
Perennials, Flowers

Diminutive woodland plants (just 6–9 in. high and 6 in. wide) with evergreen or nearly evergreen leaves and charming blooms. Flowers resemble small anemones, with narrow, petal-like sepals arranged around a central mass of yellow stamens. Bloom comes in early spring, each flower rising on its own stalk above the clump of last year’s leaves. A new crop of leaves follows bloom. Choice plants for woodland gardens and shaded rock gardens.

Hepatica nobilis japonica (photo courtesy of Marcus Harpur/Harpur Garden Images)
Hepatica nobilis japonica (photo courtesy of Marcus Harpur/Harpur Garden Images)

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Hepatica nobilis

Native to Europe. Bears flowers that are usually bluish purple, though sometimes are white or pink.

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