Round-lobed Hepatica...A Cold Spring Has its Advantages
Round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana formerly Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa) also known as Liverleaf, is usually a very early spring wildflower at Distant Hill Gardens. It has bloomed for an exeptionally long time this year due to our colder than normal spring.
Hepatica has very distinctive leaves, each with three rounded lobes that are green through spring and summer, turn dark green or brown in fall and persist through the winter.
Native Americans used leaf tea of this and the similar sharp-lobed hepatica for a variety of ailments, including coughs, fevers and liver complaints.