( Hepatica americana )
Round-Lobed Hepatica, taken on January 12, 2005.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland
Hepatica americana, or Round Lobed Hepatica, is a pure delight in the garden because of its many special features, not the least of which is a very early bloom time. The Hepatica will bloom as early as January and may continue blooming through March. Growing in rich or rocky soil on wooded slopes and ravine bottoms, the plant is very adaptable. Its blooms range from white to blue to lavender and sometimes pinkish.
Common uses for this plant include: naturalized sweeps in woodland or native plant gardens. In shaded areas of rock gardens.