Maryland Native Plants for Spring: Hepatica acutiloba – Sharp-lobed Liverleaf

Feb 29, 2024 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Signs of Spring

Hepatica acutiloba – Sharp-lobed Liverleaf

Sharp Hepatica info card


Hepatica acutiloba, also called Sharp-lobed Liverleaf is a welcome sight in the early spring with its bright and cheerful white, pink or violet flowers poking up through the leaves on fuzzy 6-8″ tall stems. Leaves from the previous year are leathery and by the time the blossoms emerge, but new leaves fully unfurl before the end of the blooming period. The leaves are unpalatable to most mammals because of their texture and they will stick around all season and through the winter.In the wild, this little wildflower is found growing in rich woodlands and floodplains where there is little vegetation as it is easily out-competed by larger plants. Pollinators are attracted to the blooms, which offer an early source of pollen. A single old clump can have as many as 40 flowers. The root system consists of a tuft of fibrous roots. This plant spreads by reseeding itself.


Common Name: Sharp-lobed Liverleaf
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Native Range: Eastern North America
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: March
Bloom Description: Blue to lavender or white
Sun: Part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)
Sharp-lobed Liverleaf foliage

Sharp-lobed Liverleaf foliage

Sharp-lobed Liverleaf flowers

Sharp-lobed Liverleaf flowers

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