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Hepatica nobilis var. acuta
Hepatica nobilis Schreb. var. acuta (Pursh) Steyerm.
Sharplobe hepatica, Sharp-lobed hepatica, Mountain hepatica
Synonym(s): Anemone acutiloba, Hepatica acuta, Hepatica acutiloba, Hepatica triloba var. acuta
USDA Symbol: henoa
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Pink, white or purple blossoms arise in early spring on the fuzzy, 4-6 in. stems of sharp-lobed hepatica. The leaves, which grow from ground level on their own hairy stems, appear after the flowers have blossomed. They are three-lobed, pointed and evergreen until the following spring.
Round-lobed Hepatica (H. nobilis var. obtusa) is similar in appearance except the leaves three lobes are rounded rather than pointed.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
, WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution: ME
s. to FL
& n. AR
(absent from Atlantic coast areas) Native Habitat:
Rich, usually deciduous,
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
Soil Description: Basic, humus-rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Will tolerate somewhat dry conditions but too much sun will damage the leaf edges.
Clump Division , Seeds Description:
Seeds should be planted outside immediately after collection. Seeds are hard to collect, so an alternate
propagation method is fall division. Clumps, however, are slow to increase. When dividing a clump, it is best to leave 2-3 buds in each division. Seed Collection:
Approximate collection date in northern U.S.: Mid to late May Seed Treatment:
Seeds require cold treatment for optimum germination. Moist stratify if stored over winter. Commercially Avail:
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Springwater, NYAmerican Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Mt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff