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Hepatica nobilis var. acuta (Pursh) Steyermark
Sharplobe hepatica, Sharp-lobed hepatica, Mountain hepatica
Synonyms: Hepatica acutiloba, Hepatica acuta
USDA Symbol: henoa
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution:
ME to MN, s. to FL & n. AR (absent from Atlantic coast areas) Native Habitat:
Rich, usually deciduous,
woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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
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Record Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff