Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family
Synonyms: Anemone acutiloba, Hepatica acuta, Hepatica triloba
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.