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the real easter nest - Anemone hepatica | by gregor H
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the real easter nest - Anemone hepatica

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The liverworts belonging to the buttercup family. It mainly grows in shady forests. The plant is spread almost all over Europe. It has the name because of its leaf shape, which resembles a human liver. Especially in the middle ages they used the plant for diseases of the liver.


The Hepatica flowers in the months of March and April. But the individual plant flowers only a week. During this time the length of the petals doubled. The leaves remain green through the winter and be replaced until next spring after the bloom of new leaves. The blue flowers open and close depending on the temperatures. It was and is an important plant in traditional medicine. All parts of the recently picked plant are poisonous, dried it is non-toxic.

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Taken on April 6, 2012