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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

Liverleaf
Ranunculaceae
Perennials, Flowers

HEPATICA

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

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

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