Hepatica acutiloba is an ephemeral and one of the earliest woodland wildflowers to appear in spring. Lavender-to-white flowers bob in the wind on their slender stems. The fuzzy stems and 3-lobed floral …
|Soil Type||Loam, Sand|
|Soil Moisture||Medium, Moist|
|Height||3" - 6"|
|Bloom Color||White, Lavender, Pink|
|Bloom Time||Apr, May|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
Hepatica acutiloba is an ephemeral and one of the earliest woodland wildflowers to appear in spring. Lavender-to-white flowers bob in the wind on their slender stems. The fuzzy stems and 3-lobed floral bracts are a trademark, along with distintinctive basal leaves that are mottled green and also have three lobes. The leaves turn a wine color after the bloom, and persist thru the fall and winter.
Native to the woodlands in the eastern half of the United States, Sharp Lobed Hepatica can be found growing in high quality wooded areas where the original flora is largely intact. Hepaticas serve some of the earliest pollinators of spring. Pollination is carried out by various small solitary bees that collect pollen from the flowers, along with Syrphid or other flies that feed on the pollen. The flowers don’t provide nectar.
Growing Hepatica in the garden requires a location with dappled sunlight in early spring and light shade during the summer. The best soil will be well-drained and loamy. Rocky material can also be present. The plants will need a layer of decaying leaves as a year-round mulch.
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