Sharp Lobed Anemone (Hepatica acutiloba)

Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family

Synonyms: Anemone acutiloba, Hepatica acuta, Hepatica triloba

Sharp Lobed Anemone (Hepatica acutiloba)

The blue-pink to white flowers of Sharp Lobed Anemone (Hepatica acutiloba)

Sharp-Lobed Anemone (Hepatica acutiloba) is a small, but pretty woodland wildflower that blooms April through May and before most leaves form on the trees.  The flower petals run from white to blue-pink.  The leaves are the flowers distinguishing feature.  The are divided into three lobes and tips are pointed. Both the leaves and flower stems are hairy.

Above: Video of Sharp Lobed Anemone in the wild.

The genus Hepatica gets its name from the lobes of their leaves which resemble those of a liver.  Hepat – pertaining to the liver.  Because of their leaves resemblance to livers the plants were used in folk remedies for liver ailments.

Sharp Lobed Anemone leaves.

Sharp Lobed Anemone leaves.

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